Cognitive Neuropsychology Stream
The Glendon Neuropsychology Lab offers students top-quality training in neuropsychological testing.
As part of a Network for Applied Research and Health-Care in Ontario, Glendon College advocates an interdisciplinary approach to health-care. The Cognitive Neuropsychology Stream coordinates applied research opportunities between Glendon students and affiliated hospitals and health centres. The arrangement provides students with valuable hands-on experience, and hospitals with the services of knowledgeable psychology students.
What is cognitive neuropsychology?
Cognitive neuropsychology is the study of the relationship between the brain and behaviour. In cognitive neuropsychology, emphasis is placed on how interacting brain structures relate to cognitive abilities like memory, language and attention. The aim is to learn about the normal, healthy brain by studying the ways in which it changes as a result of development, damage or disease. Click here to learn more »
The Cognitive Neuropsychology Stream is part of the BA, iBA and BSc, iBSc Honours program in Psychology. Students wishing to make Cognitive Neuropsychology their focus with their Honours degree must declare their intention to do so in their third year when applying for the Honours program.
To declare the designation, students must request a change to their academic program. To obtain a program change request form, click here.
For the stream requirements, students must take the following courses which constitute a subset of the overall Honours course requirements:
GL/PSYC 3670 3.00 Psychobiology
This course reviews the biological bases of behaviour, including elements of neuroanatomy, psycho-physiology, psycho-pharmacology and neuropsychology. Prerequisite: GL/PSYC 2510 6.00 or equivalent.
GL/PSYC 3550 3.00 Psychological Testing and Measurement
Theoretical and practical aspects of testing and measurement are treated. Particular attention is given to the principles and problems of measurement in the areas of personality, psychopathology and various cognitive disorders. In the Neuropsychological Assessment Laboratory, students become familiar with an array of neuropsychological testing instruments, and have the opportunity to conduct assessments with fellow students. Prerequisites: GL/PSYC 2510 6.00, GL/PSYC 2530 3.00 and GL/PSYC 2531 3.00 or equivalents.
GL/PSYC 3555 3.00 Learning, Behaviour Modification, and Behaviour Management
This course examines fundamentals in learning and behaviour modification, with an emphasis on the application of behavioural principles in a clinical setting. Topics include classical and operant conditioning, reinforcement stimulus and environmental control, self-monitoring, and behavioural intervention geared to people who suffer from various cognitive disorders. Prerequisite: GL/PSYC 2510 6.00, GL/PSYC 2520 3.00 and GL/PSYC 2530 3.00 and GL/PSYC 2531 3.00 or the equivalents.
GL/PSYC 4530 6.00 Human Neuropsychology
Human Neuropsychology is concerned with the behavioural expression of brain dysfunction. This course reviews the major neuropsychological disorders associated with brain dysfunction and the mechanisms underlying these deficits. Recovery and advances in assessment, diagnosis, and treatment are also discussed. Prerequisite: GL/PSYC 3670 3.00 or the equivalent. Course credit exclusion: GL/PSYC 3530 6.00.
Applied Research Practicum:
Honours students who have successfully completed the course prerequisites have the opportunity to apply their laboratory training in various hospital and community health-care settings. Here, they conduct neuropsychological assessments and deliver cognitive rehabilitation interventions under the supervision of a clinical neuropsychologist. Students gain a more profound understanding of cognitive neuropsychology through the invaluable knowledge they acquire in their practicum placements. Students may choose between a 3.00 credit or a 6.00 credit practicum:
GL PSYC 4260 3.0/6.0 Applied Research Practicum
This course provides students with the opportunity to conduct “hands-on” practical research. Students will be engaged in thinking about, designing, executing, analyzing, and interpreting the results of research projects carried out in clinical settings. Prerequisite: Approval from the Chair of the department. Open to fourth-year students.
Practicum experiences in a clinical setting can deliver additional advantages to students:
- Students conduct supervised assessments of clients in both official languages.
- Students participate in rehabilitation studies of individuals with cognitive impairments.
- Students learn about clinical database input and analysis.
- Students participate in weekly student seminar series and clinical rounds.
- Summer jobs become available to some students following their practicum experience.
- Participation in ongoing clinical research projects may lead to 4th year undergraduate honours theses.
In recent years, over 60 Glendon students have met with great success through their involvement with health-care and many have gone on to do graduate work in psychology. To see some current students’ stories click here.
Applied Research Practicum Coordinator:
Guy Proulx, PhD, C.Psych
The following is a list of informative psychology websites we encourage students to explore: