Schizophrenia and Its Treatment: Neuroscientific, Historical, and Phenomenological Perspectives|
The goal of the seminar will be to critically investigate the concept of schizophrenia as a unitary disease construct, from historical, neuroscientific, and phenomenological approaches, and the implications of these views for our understanding of treatment in the disorder. How are we to make sense of a psychiatric disorder that has changed so substantially in definition over time, with wide interindividual difference in symptom expression and functional outcome, a wide array of competing theories regarding etiology and biological mechanisms, and correspondingly diverse treatment interventions? We will engage these questions through three separate units that will evaluate the disorder from three different levels of analysis: (1) readings in the history of psychiatry and the perspective they cast on schizophrenia as a unitary disease concept; (2) an analysis of contemporary work in neuroimaging and experimental cognition in the disease and the current status of creating a coherent account of neurocognitive mechanisms of the disease, as well as a neurocognitive approach to novel interventions; (3) new work on understanding the experience of the disease from first-person accounts and the systematic analysis of these accounts as a window to understanding heterogeneity in the disease and novel approaches for therapy.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (NS&B)(PSYC)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: (If discrepancies exist between major readings in Wesmaps and the results generated by the Text Book Information link, defer to the readings posted in Broad Street Books.)|
Text Book Information
Valenstein, E. (1986).Great and Desperate Cures: The Rise and Decline of Psychosurgery and Other Radical Treatments for Mental Illness. Create Space Publishers, New York. Isbn# 1452820422
Lysaker, P. &Lysaker, J. (2008).Schizophrenia and the Fate of the Self. Oxford University Press, Oxford. Isbn# 0195122194
Heinrichs, R.W. (2001). In Search of Madness. Oxford University Press, Oxford. Isbn# 0199215766
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three papers, one for each unit of the course.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Students must have taken PSYC 105 or NS&B213 and PSYC 228 or PSYC 251. Students should send an email to the professor indicating the reasons for their interest in the class and their goals after Wesleyan, during the pre-registration period.
|Instructor(s): Kurtz,Matthew M. Times: ..T.R.. 01:10PM-02:30PM; Location: JUDD113; |
|Permission of Instructor Required|
Enrollment capacity: 15
|Permission of instructor approval will be granted by the instructor during pre-registration through the Electronic Portfolio. Click "Add to My Courses" and "To request a POI electronically, click here" to submit your request.|
|Web Resources: Moodle, WesFiles Folders, Syllabus |