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WSP 259 — Aging and the Brain

Quarter: Winter
Day(s): Saturday and Sunday
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jan 27—Jan 28
Time: 10:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: Jan 20
Unit: 1
Tuition: $325
Instructor(s): Simon Tan
Status: Open
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am—4:00 pm
Jan 27—Jan 28
2 days
Drop By
Jan 20
1 Unit
Simon Tan
Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you came in? Do you continually misplace your wallet or car keys? Adults of any age can identify with these “senior” moments, often eliciting a mild chuckle from friends and family members. But at what point do these seemingly innocuous moments become something more? This course will provide a comprehensive understanding of normal cognition in older adults and dispel many societal myths about aging. Issues that will be addressed include: What is normal cognitive aging, and what are its stages? What is dementia, and what are its prevalence, causes, and symptoms? Is it different from something like Alzheimer’s disease? Can one recover from the effects of cognitive decline? How can we separate normal forgetting from depression and lack of motivation? This course will also touch upon some controversial issues such as the notion of brain fitness, and the capacity for consent to treatment.

Grade restriction: No letter grade.

Simon Tan, Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences (Affiliated), Stanford

Simon Tan’s teaching and research interests are in behavioral neurology, specifically dementia-associated disorders. He completed an internship in clinical psychology and two postdoctoral fellowships in clinical neuropsychology at Harvard Medical School. Earlier, he was a clinical neuropsychologist at NYU Medical Center. Tan is board certified in both clinical neuropsychology through the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology and psychological assessment through the American Board of Assessment Psychology. He received a PhD in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.