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PSYCH402: Neuropsychology

Unit 8: Cortical Functions: The Occipital, Parietal, Temporal, and Frontal Lobes   For the purposes of study, neuropsychologists have divided our brains not only into hemispheres but different “lobes” or areas of the brain that control specific functions or groups of functions. By understanding the brain as a set of lobes, psychologists are able to more effectively discuss patients that have suffered damage to particular areas of the brain. This is because when apersonsustains damage to an individual lobe, he or she will often suffer damage to a specific system of the body, like the visual or motor system. This unit will present each of the lobes and their respective functions and anatomies, identifying common symptoms that arise when a lobe suffers damage.

Unit 8 Time Advisory
This unit will take you approximately 12 hours to complete.

☐    Subunit 8.1: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 8.2: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 8.3: 3 hours

☐    Subunit 8.4: 3 hours

Unit8 Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this unit, the student will be able to:
  - describe the global structure of the cerebrum; - define structure and functions of the occipital lobes; - define structure and functions of the parietal lobes; - define structure and functions of the temporal lobes; and - define structure and functions of the frontal lobes.

  • Web Media: YouTube: Interactive Biology’s “The 4 Lobes of the Cerebrum and their Functions” Link: YouTube: Interactive Biology’s “The 4 Lobes of the Cerebrum and their Functions (YouTube)
     
    Instructions: Click the link above to navigate to the webpage and start the video. NOTE: This resource applies to all of Unit 8.

    Watching this video should take approximately 3 minutes.
     
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  • Web Media: YouTube: Medical Legal Art’s “Anatomy and Functional Areas of the Brain” Link: YouTube: Medical Legal Art’s “Anatomy and Functional Areas of the Brain (YouTube)
     
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    Instructions: Click the link above to navigate to the webpage and start the video. NOTE: This resource applies to all of Unit 8.

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8.1 The Occipital Lobes   - Reading: Bryan Kolb and Ian Whishaw’s “Chapter 11: The Occipital Lobes” Link: Bryan Kolb and Ian Whishaw’s “Chapter 11: The Occipital Lobes (HTML)
 
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8.1.1 Anatomy of the Occipital Lobes: Subdivisions and Connections with the Occipital Cortex   8.1.2 Occipital Lobe Functions: Visual Functioning   8.1.3 Visual Pathways beyond the Occipital Lobe   8.1.4 Disorders of the Occipital Lobes: Blindsight, Color Vision Loss, Perception of Movement Problems, and Scotoma   8.1.5 Visual Agnosia: Object and Other Agnosias   8.2 The Parietal Lobes   - Reading: Bryan Kolb and Ian Whishaw’s “Chapter 12: The Parietal Lobes” Link: Bryan Kolb and Ian Whishaw’s “Chapter 12: The Parietal Lobes (HTML)
 
Instructions: Use the link above to navigate to the webpage and then read the entire main text. NOTE: This resource applies to all of subsection 8.2.
 
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8.2.1 Anatomy of the Parietal Lobes: Subdivisions and Connections with the Parietal Cortex   8.2.2 Parietal Lobe Functions: Somatosensory Spatial Information   8.2.3 Somatosensory Thresholds   8.2.4 Disorders of the Parietal Lobes: Somatosensory Agnosia, Contralateral Neglect, Apraxia, and Balint’s Syndrome   8.3 The Temporal Lobes   - Reading: Bryan Kolb and Ian Whishaw’s “Chapter 13: The Temporal Lobes” Link: Bryan Kolb and Ian Whishaw’s “Chapter 13: The Temporal Lobes (HTML)
 
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8.3.1 Anatomy of the Temporal Lobes: Subdivisions and Connections with the Temporal Cortex   8.3.2 Temporal Lobe Functions: Biological Motion, Visual Processing, and Auditory Processing   8.3.3 Facial Recognition: Recognition of Specialized Material   8.3.4 Asymmetry of Temporal Lobe Functioning   8.3.5 Disorders of the Temporal Lobes: Auditory and Speech Perception Problems, Music and Visual Perception, Affect and Personality, Sexual Behavior Changes, and Memory Disturbances   8.4 The Frontal Lobes   - Reading: Bryan Kolb and Ian Whishaw’s “Chapter 14: The Frontal Lobes” Link: Bryan Kolb and Ian Whishaw's “Chapter 14: The Frontal Lobes (HTML)
 
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8.4.1 Anatomy of the Frontal Lobes: Subdivisions and Connections with the Frontal Cortex   8.4.2 Frontal Lobes and the Motor and Premotor Cortices   8.4.3 Frontal Lobe Functions: Premotor and Planning   8.4.4 Autonoetic Awareness: Knowledge of Self   8.4.5 Disorders of the Frontal Lobes: Impaired Motor Function, Social Deficits, Sexual Behavior Changes, Poor Temporal Memory