The Neuroscience of Decision-Making and Addiction
Brain Basics: An Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
Presenter: Dr. Octavio Choi, Chief Academic Psychiatrist, Oregon State Hospital Director, Forensic Evaluation Services
Description and Learning Objectives: Neuroscientific evidence is increasingly being encountered in the United States criminal justice system. This session will provide a concise and readily accessible introduction to human brain structure, brain function, and how structure and function are studied through modern neuroimaging techniques. Specific learning objectives include:
• Introduction to the general organization of the human nervous system, and the terms used in science and medicine to describe basic brain locations and structures.
• Explanation of how neurons communicate with one another, how this communication is related to human thought and behavior, and some of the methods employed in modern neuroscience research to study the activity of neurons in humans.
• Explanation of why an understanding of psychological processes and experimental designs is necessary to evaluate human brain function in imaging studies.
• Discussion of guiding principles and questions that should be asked in order to effectively assess neuroimaging data when proffered in legal settings.
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