Professional Learning



The Psychology of Creativity
The Psychology of Creativity

Dates: May 9 – 13, 2016
Registration Closes: Wednesday, May 4, 5:00 PM, EST

Creativity is one of the most fundamental and fascinating human abilities. The scientific study of creative thinking has been an area of interest in cognitive psychology and, more recently, in cognitive neuroscience. In this course, Dr. Evangelia G. Chrysikou will introduce students to the psychology of creativity and innovation in problem solving, science, invention and the arts. She will present an overview of the topics at the forefront of scientific research on creativity, including issues of definition; the importance of studying creativity scientifically; the relationship between creative thinking and ordinary cognitive processes, such as attention and memory; the manner in which the brain is involved in the creative process and different techniques that can promote creativity in individuals as well as groups.

Behavioral Finance: Using Psychology in the Market
Behavioral Finance: Using Psychology in the Market

Dates: May 23 - June 4, 2016
Registration Closes: Wednesday, May 18, 5:00 PM, EST

Behavioral finance is the integration of psychology and finance. Using the tenets of psychology – the study of how the mind works – behavioral finance delves into the decision-making process under conditions of uncertainty – in this case, the market. In this course, Philip Maymin, PhD, will introduce the concept of behavioral finance and its history as well as the definition of rationality and what it means to be “rational.” He will focus questions of arbitrage, limits to arbitrage, market over- and under-reaction, common investor biases and the ways in which investors’ decision-making deviates from rational process. Most importantly, Dr. Maymin will frame these discussions around what these concepts mean for the nonprofessional investor when making decisions about finance – or other areas of life – in an uncertain environment. 

The Neuropsychology of Brain Injury
The Neuropsychology of Brain Injury

Dates: November 7 – 18, 2016
Registration Closes: Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Brain injury is a major public health issue, affecting people of all ages. Dr. Lynn Schaefer, a board certified clinical neuropsychologist and brain injury specialist, will explain the different types of brain injury and the difficulties with thinking, memory, and behavior that may result from damage to the brain. Dr. Schaefer will discuss the neuropathology of brain injury and why certain brain regions are more vulnerable to injury than others. She will also describe both the cognitive and psychiatric symptoms of brain injury as well as the roles of the many rehabilitation specialists that care for people with brain injury. Finally, there will be a discussion about how to help prevent this “silent epidemic” of brain injury.

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