Topic Selection: Final Project Part 1

Topic Selection: Final Project Part 1

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Prior to beginning work on this assignment visit the PubMed Central (Links to an external site.) web page. You may also consider reviewing the PubMed Central Quick Start Guide (Links to an external site.) and PubMed Tutorials (Links to an external site.) to help you navigate the resource more effectively.

For this assignment, you will start exploring the topic for your final project. Your final project will be a review of either a brain based disease or of a brain process. For example, you could do a review of the neuroscience behind schizophrenia or you could discuss the neuroscience behind vision. You may use your textbook as a guide to help you select a topic and obtain initial sources of information. Be sure to choose topics that are clearly brain-based and not those topics, such as addiction and abuse that have large social components. If you have questions about the suitability of your topic you should contact your instructor.

In your paper,

  • Examine the neural structures involved in your topic by choosing, naming, and explaining the roles of 3 or more specific and relevant regions of the brain or nervous system. For example, your topic might involve regions such as the frontal lobes, amygdala, hippocampus, thalamus, brain stem, spinal cord, and/or others.
  • Describe the role each of those structures play in the disorder or process you have chosen. Use at least two paragraphs for each named region and include explanations of their normal function and what happens to those regions in your disorder or process of choice. Avoid using popular sources or non-peer reviewed information.

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