Parkinson's Disease OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Course on the Study of Parkinson's Disease by MIT

Published Jan 31, 2009

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The effects of Parkinson's disease on cognitive behavior and the internal and external factors that may serve as indicators of the illness are discussed in 'Parkinson's Disease Workshop,' an OpenCourseWare resource offered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Undergraduate Neuroscience students interested in the brain and cognitive behavior take this course to explores neuropathology and neuroimaging within the context of Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's Disease Workshop: Course Specifics

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Parkinson's Disease Workshop: Course Description

Parkinson's disease is a progressive illness that can dramatically affect a person's memory, visual perception and attention control. Although the first case of Parkinson's disease was noted by neurologist James Parkinson nearly two centuries ago, much is still being learned about this chronic disease. This OpenCourseWare from MIT examines Parkinson's disease from a cognitive, neuropathic and genetic standpoint. Students learn how Parkinson's disease affects cognitive abilities, such as memory and speech. Students then learn about neuroimaging methods used to understand Parkinson's disease and the role that genetics and environmental factors play in the illness. Led by Professor Suzanne Corkin, the course looks at the disruption of functional short-term memory in Parkinson's patients. The decline in long-term declarative memory, also called episodic memory, is also explored.

This OpenCourseWare about Parkinson's disease provides lecture notes, readings and related resources free online. If you're interested in the study of Parkinson's disease, visit the Parkinson's Disease Workshop course site.

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