Neuropsychophysiology: Nervous System Functions in Psychophysiology




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  Neuropsychophysiology: Nervous System Functions in Psychophysiology

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Instructor: Gerald P. Kozlowski, Ph.D., EEG-BCIA

Prerequisites: An undergraduate course in general biology. It is easier if you have had an introductory neurofeedback course as well.

Concept and Format:

For purposes of this course, we consider neuropsychophysiology as the study of human behavior in its broadest terms. It incorporates the principles of neuroscience (neuro- and electro-physiology, neuroanatomy and cell and molecular biology) and neuropsychology (clinical neuropsychology, neuropsychiatry, experimental and cognitive psychology). Recent advances in neuroimaging and psychopharmacology have added new and exciting dimensions to modern neuropsychophysiogy which previously once was regarded as mainly diagnostic in nature. Therefore, the main objective of this course will be to examine the scientific basis of these research areas as they relate to the fundamentals of human behavior. Recently published research papers are introduced  into the course in order to extend the student's views beyond the textual material. In addition, students are given the opportunity to present their research and/or clinical interests.The student will also achieve an understanding of the principles underlying the practice of EEG-biofeedback (EEG-BF) by studying the basic mechanisms of cerebral rhythmic activities, regional cerebral functions and their connectivities; and, the neuronal substrate responsible for self-regulation. Classes consist of instructor-lead discussions of the assigned reading material for the week. Currently, they are held on Satudays and last for 90 minutes to 2 hrs. depending on the complexity of the material and the depth of the questions. Holding class on the weekend allows course students to maintain their full-time practices or jobs. Help is available during the week via phone or email to the instructor at: Student participation during the discussions is highly encouraged and leads to a greater understanding of the assigned reading material.



    1. To provide clients with a basic understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the CNS and PNS relevant to their professional duties.
    1. To describe the dynamic nature of  neuronal systems: e.g. sensory, motor, auditory, visual, etc.


    1. To explain the basis  of the symptoms that result from  trauma and disease.
    1. To present and describe some of the most recent advances in the neurosciences and future directions in research.


DISCLAIMER: Completion of this continuing education course is strictly for educational / informational purposes and does not imply competency, proficiency, and/or experience. The course completion certificate is not a clinical certification nor a license to practice. 


Required Texts:
1.) Kolb, B and IO Whishaw. Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology. 6th ed., Worth Pub, NY, 2003. There is accompaying website with multiple choice questions for assessing your understanding of the course material.

    2,)  Purves, D and 6 co-editors. Neuroscience. 4th ed., Sinauer Associates, Inc, Sunderland MA, 2008. This text is used by several human medical schools and contains an atlas of the human central nervous system. Included with purchase of the book, there is an  accompanying Sinauer website that has chapter summaries, animations, online quizzes and flashcards; as well as Sylvius 4, an interactive atlas and visual glossary. 

Accessing course materials: All course materials are available on the course web site. When you purchase the course, you will be given instructions for accessing the course web site immediately.

Computer and Computer Knowledge Requirements:  Anybody with a modern computer and a bit of basic understanding of computer operation (at the level of being able to send e-mails) can play this course with minimal problems. You must have a computer (a) capable of connecting to the internet and running a typical internet program, (b) containing/running a modern word processor such as Microsoft word or Word Perfect, (c) the capability to play sounds such as music (has speakers and appropriate software which normally come with any modern computer), and (d) a slide viewing program such as Power Point (you can probably get a slide viewing program free off the internet if you don’t have one). Any modern (e.g., built within the last ten years), IBM style computer running Windows 98 and more recent platforms (e.g., XP or Windows 8) should be able to do this. Speed, hard disk size, and RAM are not factors for computers in the above category.
             Dozens of students have used recent Apple products (MACs etc.) for the course however they frequently have more difficulty playing the course materials than PC users do.
If you are using a MAC type of computer, you must have a current version of “quicktime”. If you do not have it, you can download it for free from the web.


Methods of Evaluation and Grading

To pass this course, you must complete the following:

  1. Complete the review questions for each chapter in Purves & Kolb/Whishaw (which are posted by the publishers on their websites) and e-mail them to me. I will review your answers and respond so we can discuss and then you can correct any problems. All answers must be corrected or discussed.
  2. Present a one hour “Power Point” based discussion of any topic within the course which you and I agree upon.
  3. Participate in the web based class discussions.



Faculty: The course is taught by Gerald Kozlowski, PhD.  Dr. Kozlowski received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1970. His work history includes Physiology; Teaching Fellow, University of Rochester (1971 – 1973); Assistant and Associate Professor of Anatomy & Physiology, Colorado State University (1973 – 1976); Associate Professor of Anatomy & Physiology & Biophysics, Colorado State University (1976 – 1978); Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston (1978 – 1980); Associate Professor of Physiology, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (1980 – 1998); Full Faculty Member, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School (1980 – 1998); Senior Lecturer of Department of Cognition and Neurosciences, University of Texas at Dallas (1998 – current). Dr. Kozlowski publishes widely in applied psychophysiology.

Topic Outline:

  1. Part I, Background: Chap 1 (The Development of Neuropsychology) and Chap 2 (Origins of the Human Brain and Behavior)
  2. Chap 3 (Organization of the Nervous System) and Chap 4 (The Structure and Electrical Activity of Neurons)
  3. Chap 5 ( Communication Between Neurons), Chap 6 (The Influence of Drugs on Behavior) and Chap 7 (Imaging the Brain’s Activity)
  4. Part II, Cortical Organization: Chap 8 (Orgainzation of the Sensory Systems) and Chap 9 Organization of the Motor Sytem).
  5. Chap 10 (Principles of Neocortical Function), Chap 11 (Cerebral Asymmetry) and Chap 12 (Variations in Cerebral Asymmetry)
  6. Part III, Cortical Functions: Chap 13 (The Occipital Lobes), Chap 14 (The Parietal Lobes) and Chap 15 (The Temporal Lobes)
  7. Chap 16 (The Frontal Lobes) and Chap 17 (Disconnection Sydromes)
  8. Part IV, Higher Functions: Chap 18 (Memory), Chap 19 (The Origins of Language) and Chap 20 (Emotion)
  9. Chap 21 (Spatial Behavior) and Chap 22 (Attention, Mental Images and Consciousness)
  10. Part V, Plasticity and Disorders: Chap 23 (Brain Development and Plasticity), Chap 24 (Developmental Disorders) and Chap 25 (Plasticity, Recovery, and Rehabilitation of the Adult Brain)
  11. Chap 26 (Neurological Disorders) and Chap 27 (Psychiatric and Related Disorders)
  12. Chap 28 (Neuropsychological Assessment)

When all requirements have been successfully completed, your course completion certificate will be e-mailed to you and BCIA will be informed that you completed the course.


Administrative Information

Schedule: You can start the course whenever wish to within six months of the purchase date and work at your own pace as long as you complete the course within one year of purchase. Just contact us.
Duration of course validity: You must begin the course within six months of the purchase date and complete it within one year of the purchase date. Courses not completed by that time are void and must be repurchased if still available. No refunds are provided for courses not completed within one year of purchase.

CE Credit: Saybrook University is regionally accredited and approved by the state of California to grant degrees. These are continuing education, not university accredited, courses. CE credits are given through (1) the state of California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences (Approval # PCE1895); (2) The National Board of Certified Counselors (Provider # 6270), and (3) the Behavioral Medicine R&T Foundation is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Foundation maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Saybrook University is regionally accredited and approved to grant degrees by the state of California.

BCIA: This course is accepted by the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance for both certification and recertification.

Questions / further information? Contact Dr. Philip Brotman at 212-222-5665.

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