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Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur

Psychiatry - An Overview and How the Brain Creates Mind

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur and NPTEL via Swayam


This course is intended for medical students both UG and PG (from any speciality) as an introduction to Psychiatry and other mental health issues. It will be useful for Psychology and Neurosciences students too as it provides an overview of Psychiatric illnesses and their treatment as well as the biological /psychological basis of behavior.
This course intends to introduce the human brain and its processes especially with regards to electrochemical activity, the issues of mind and consciousness. It also indicates towards further possibilities of research.Anyone with an interest in Human brain can join. Just a basic understanding of Brain would suffice. It should be useful for students of Neurosciences, Psychology , Medical and people working at brain computer interface.

INTENDED AUDIENCE : MBBS doctors,undergraduate in Psychology, neurosciences and Post Graduate students in any medical discipline.Any one interested in Psychology, Physics & The BrainPRE-REQUISITES : No Specific Courses Required. Basic Knowledge about Brain should suffice.
INDUSTRIES SUPPORT : Health, Pharmaceutical,Psychology; Brain computer interface



Week 1 - Brain and Behaviour –approachesWeek 2 - Diagnostic process in PsychiatryWeek 3 - Psychiatric Disorders and their treatment-1Week 4 - Psychiatric Disorders and their treatment -2Week 5 : Brain to Mind-- and how do we know it---(essentially single neuron to multiple) Brain and gross specialization --- areas , right-left ,association ,connectivity and our tools to learn including EEGWeek 6 : Being Conscious -- Dynamics --- how do we learn about it from EEGWeek 7 : Cognition,Memory,Emotion -- Normal and PathologyWeek 8 : Sleep Brain and Future-- with interactive session

Taught by

Prof. Alok Bajpai

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