From Brain to Symptom – Introduction to Neuroscientific Psychiatry

What is neuroscientific psychiatry?

Neuroscientific psychiatry is the new generation’s brain-based understanding of human behavior in health and disease. Emerging during the past 10-15 years using new technologies such as brain imaging and neurogenetics, this combination of classic medicine and cognitive neuroscience has rapidly changed our view on psychiatric conditions and their treatment. Basic concepts and principles from this field can be used in clinical situations for diagnostics and treatment.

Intended learning outcomes

We hope this course will offer a stimulating learning experience and set you on a path towards an understanding of basic concepts and principles in the field of neuroscientific psychiatry. By the end of this introductory course, you will learn the following:

  • An overview of the structures of the human brain and their corresponding functions
  • Reasoning about general disease models in psychiatry
  • Applied understanding of cognition and emotion as distinct flows of information in the brain
  • An overview of contemporary personality models
  • Reasoning about how maladaptive traits can be understood as variants of normal functioning
  • How to reflect on how disturbances of brain functioning can manifest in clinical conditions

Virtual patients

The course includes video sessions with four virtual patients, each with a different clinical condition. They demonstrate how the underlying neurobiological disturbances of psychiatric disorders can be manifested.

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Course instructors

Christoffer Rahm MD, Ph.D

Karolina Sörman Ph.D