Brain and Cognition in Health and Disease: 5-day lecture sequence (January – May, 2016)


This 5-day lecture sequence covers a wide range of topics on the relationship between the brain and the mind in health and disease. Brain mechanisms of major cognitive functions will be reviewed. Brain mechanisms and cognitive characteristics of major disorders affecting cognition will also be reviewed.
The number of participants will be limited to enable active audience participation.

The fee is $2450.

40 Continuing Education Credits for a 5-day sequence are being offered for this workshop. The participant will be able to print out the certificate immediately after filling out a short evaluation form. There is a separate processing fee charged by CE credit sponsor R. Cassidy Seminars.


  • January 16, 2016
  • February 20, 2016
  • March 19, 2016
  • April 23, 2016
  • May 21, 2016


8am – 6pm (with a lunch break and two short breaks).


315 West 57th Street, Suite 401, NY 10019

Target Audience

Psychologists, Neuropsychologists, Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Cognitive Neuroscientists, Social Workers, and other clinicians and researchers.


  • January 16
    • Basic functional neuroanatomy. Major brain structures and neurotransmitters and their contributions to neural computation.
    • Perception and perceptual disorders. Agnosias, cerebral hemispheres, and distributed mechanisms of perception.
    • Motor functions and motor disorders. Apraxias and hierarchic organization of motor control and action.
    • Language and language disorders. Aphasias and distributed nature of the mechanisms of language.
  • February 20
    • The deciding brain. Neural mechanisms of executive functions of the frontal lobes and dysexecutive syndromes.
    • The bicameral brain. Structural and functional hemispheric asymmetries. Novel approaches to hemispheric specialization.
    • The emotional brain. Limbic and cortical contributions to emotional regulation. Laterality and emotional control.
    • Attention and attentional disorders. Voluntary attention and ADHD. Automatic attention and hemiinattention.
  • March 19
    • Memory and amnesias. Neuroanatomical components of memory circuits. Types of memory and amnesias.
    • Brain development and aging. Current concepts of neuroplasticity. Factors behind healthy cognitive aging.
    • Major dementias. Alzheimer’s type, Lewy body, frontotemporal, cerebrovascular, and mixed. Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and its relationship to dementias.
    • Cerebrovascular disorders. Cerebrovascular accident (CVA) and transient ischemic attack (TIA). Aneurisms and AVM’s.
  • April 23
    • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Neuroanatomy, subtypes, natural history, cognitive profiles, and diagnosis. Forensic aspects of TBI.
    • Neuropsychiatric disorders. Schizophrenias and affective disorders. Diagnostic and differential diagnosis issues.
    • Neurodevelopmental disorders. Dyslexias, non-verbal learning disabilities, autism, ADHD, Tourette’s syndrome.
    • Infectious diseases of the brain. Bacterial (Lyme), viral (HIV and Herpes Simplex), prion (Jacob-Kreuzfeld) encephalopathies.
  • May 21
    • Seizures and their effect on cognition. Classification, neurobiology, and cognitive profiles. Diagnostic and differential diagnosis issues.
    • Neoplasms and their effects on cognition. Types of brain tumors and their effects on cognition.
    • Movement disorders. Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, ALS and their effects on cognition.
    • Addictions and substance abuse. The effects of various illicit substances on the brain. Alcohol abuse and Korsakoff syndrome.

Learning Objectives

This workshop is designed to help you:

  1. List brain mechanisms of executive functions: Prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate cortex, striatum, related structures and their subdivisions.
  2. List types of memory and their neural mechanisms. Procedural vs. declarative memory. Episodic vs. semantic memory. New learning vs. old recall. What is their underlying neural machinery?
  3. Describe biological differences between the cerebral hemispheres: morphology, connectivity, and biochemistry.
  4. Describe sex differences in hemispheric specialization: How is hemispheric laterality different in females and males.
  5. Explain the roles of the two hemispheres in learning: the role of the right hemisphere in dealing with cognitive novelty and of the left hemisphere in maintaining well-formed knowledge.
  6. Compare different types of memory and their brain mechanisms: procedural – declarative, semantic -episodic, generic – singular. The cortex and the hippocampi in memory formation, storage and forgetting.
  7. Explain the process and brain mechanisms of decision-making: The frontal lobes and “executive functions”.
  8. Explain the brain mechanisms of emotions: Amygdala, cerebral hemispheres, and the frontal lobes.
  9. Explain the brain mechanisms of language: A network not a locus. How different parts of the brain contribute to the complexity of language.
  10. Explain the brain mechanisms of perception: How we make sense of the world around us: Perception and the brain. Pattern recognition.
  11. Describe disorders of the developing brain:
    1. ADHD: subtypes, brain mechanisms, and how it is diagnosed and misdiagnosed
    2. Dyslexias: phonological, and others
    3. Non-verbal learning disability and Asperger’s syndrome
    4. Autism: a syndrome with many causes
    5. Tourette’s syndrome and its relationship with ADHD
  12. Describe the types of Traumatic Brain Injury, underlying brain mechanisms, cognitive symptoms and their diagnosis.
  13. Describe the brain mechanisms and cognitive symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders: schizophrenias and affective disorders.
  14. Describe disorders of the aging brain: mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementias: Alzheimer’s, Lewy body, Frototemporal, and vascular.
  15. Describe executive dysfunction in Traumatic Brain Injury: “mild” TBI is not so mild.
  16. Describe executive dysfunction in neuropsychiatric disorders: schizophrenia, affective disorders, Tourette’s syndrome and OCD.
  17. Describe memory changes in dementias. Memory is affected differently in different types of dementia (Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body disease, Fronto-temporal dementia, small vessel disease). We ill discuss all this as part of the workshop.
  18. Describe memory changes in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Anterograde vs. retrograde amnesia. We will discuss the complex patterns which characterize memory impairment at various stages of post-TBI recovery.
  19. Describe disorders targeting the fragile left hemisphere: schizophrenia;  fronto-temporal dementia.
  20. Describe disorders targeting the right hemisphere: non-verbal learning disabilities; hemineglect.


  1. B. J. Baars & N.M. Gage (eds). (2010). Cognition, Brain, and Consciousness: Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience. Academic Press. Second Edition.
  2. Goldberg, E.; Roediger, D; Kucukboyaci, N.E.; Carlson, C; Devinsky, O; Kuzniecky, R: Halgren, E; and Thesen, T. (2013). Hemispheric Asymmetries of Cortical Volume in the Human Brain. Cortex, 49, 200-210.
  3. E. Goldberg. (2009). The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex World. Oxford University Press.
  4. B. Kolb; I Whishaw. (2009). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology. Worth Publishers. Sixth edition.
  5. M. D. Lezak, D. B. Howieson, E. D. Bigler, D. Tranel (2012). Neuropsychological Assessment. Oxford University Press. Fifth edition.
  6. Podell, K; Gifford, K; Bougakov, D; Goldberg, E. (2010). Neuropsychological assessment in traumatic brain injury. Psychiatric Clinics of North America. 33(4):855-876.

About the Presenter

The lecture series are presented by Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., ABPP (wikipedia) with the participation of additional select faculty. Elkhonon Goldberg is a clinical neuropsychologist with more than 30 years of experience. Goldberg’s own clinical practice spans the whole range of neuropsychological disorders, including traumatic brain injury, dementias, neurodevelopmental disorders, and forensic neuropsychology. Goldberg has authored several books and published a number of research papers in peer-reviewed journals. Goldberg is also a sought-after educator who lectures worldwide. He was a Visiting Professor at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, University of Sydney and has taught at other major universities worldwide. He has mentored a number of students and post-doctoral trainees, many of whom have become prominent neuropsychologists and neuroscientists in their own right. Elkhonon Goldberg is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Neurology of New York University School of Medicine and a Diplomate of The American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Neuropsychology. He is a recipient of The Copernicus Prize for his “contributions to interdisciplinary dialogue between neurosciences and neuropsychology, and the Tempos Hominis medal for international medical sciences education.” He is a foreign member of The Venetian Institute of Science, Literature and Arts. His books The Executive Brain (2001), The Wisdom Paradox (2005), and The New Executive Brain (2009) have been translated into close to 20 languages. He co-authored (with Alvaro Fernandez) The SharpBrains Guide to Cognitive Fitness and is the Chief Scientific Adviser of Elkhonon Goldberg was a student and close associate of Alexander Luria, one of the “founding fathers” of neuropsychology as a scientific discipline.

See CV here.

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Continuing Education Credits (CE Credits)

40 CE Credits are being offered for a 5-day sequence.
This event is co-sponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars. The participant will be able to print out the certificate immediately after filling out a short evaluation form. There is a separate $15 processing fee charged by CE credit sponsor R. Cassidy Seminars.

Satisfactory Completion
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 40.0 CE hours per section.

Social Workers
This organization, R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) (, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval period: April 15, 2015 – April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 40.0 continuing education clinical, social work clock hours.
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 40 contact hours live (per session).
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 40.0 clock hours, #RCST110701.

Counselors / Marriage and Family Therapists
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. 40.0 hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for 40.0 clock hours, #RCST110701.
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151. 40.0 CE hours.

Chemical Dependency Counselors
Provider approved by NAADAC Approved Education Provider Program for 40.0 contact hours. Approval #000654.
CA: Provider approved by CFAAP/CAADAC, Provider #4N-00-434-0212 for 40.0 CEHs. CAADAC is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states.
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, 3.0 hours general and/or 40.0 hours (specific specialization), expires 3/31/2016. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.

IL: Provider approved by the Illinois State Board of Certification #080304164719171. 40.0 CE hours.
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is 40.0 CE Hours.

(Some Nursing Boards are reciprocal with other states – check your board to confirm)
CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for 40.0 contact hours.

(Some Dental Boards are reciprocal with other states – check your board to confirm)
CA: R. Cassidy Seminars is a provider approved by the Dental Board of California as a registered provider of continuing education. RP# 4874. 40.0 CE Hours.

Occupational Therapists
R. Cassidy Seminars is an American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider No. 6782. This course is offered for 40.0 CE Clock Hours (1 Clock Hour = .1 AOTA CEUs). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Speech and Language Pathologists
This activity may be used to meet the ASHA certification maintenance requirement if you determine that (1) the content is relevant to your area of practice and your practice setting and (2) you are in your 3-year maintenance interval. You do not need prior approval from ASHA to use this activity. The activity is offered for 40.0 Certification Maintenance Hours (CMH), and you will be provided with the appropriate documentation of attendance. For more information on acceptable activities and your record keeping responsibilities, contact ASHA at 800-498-2071 or

Disability Access
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If a participant is not satisfied with the program and explains why, a full refund will be issued upon request made within 30 days of registration. Please contact us at 800-906-5866 or

Please Note
Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.