Feb 072014

Question by A: Counseling psychology, Clinical psychology, Biopsychology, neuropsychology, behavioral neuroscience?
Which are bachelors degrees? Which are masters degrees? Which are doctoral degrees?

What is the difference between them all? What would I most likely be doing with this degree? Which are the most difficult to get a job with? Which are valued higher? What would be the best fit for me? Do I need to meet any other requirements, like licensing, maintaining licensing, conferences, workshops?

What schools offer these programs? What schools offer the best of these programs?

I’m interested in animals, traveling, photography, quantum physics & the brain, holistic medicines & how they work for mental health, nutrition & mental health, how medicine affects the body through the brain.

I’ve been looking up information for a few years now and can’t figure out what to do, so personal experience would be appreciated also. Thank you.

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Answer by Devin
If you want to work in the psychology field, you need to get a graduate degree (masters or doctorate). Your undergraduate degree will be something like an BS or BA in psychology. Biopsychology and neuroscience can also be an undergraduate degrees, but you still need a graduate degree to get a job. Almost all schools offer a psychology undergraduate and some psychology graduate degrees.

It is HIGHLY recommended to do a dual major with psychology in something you can actually get a job in after your undergraduate. You can not get a job with an undergraduate psych degree, so graduate schools are flooded with applicants and most people are rejected.

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Jan 102012

Question by : What GPA do I need to go into behavioral neuroscience?
I know it depends on the school, but what do you think the lowest GPA would be that I could get in with. This paired with previous research experience.
Also, I mean for a graduate program in behavioral neuroscience.

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Answer by Dani G
I would think some where around a 3.5 for both your major GPA and cumulative GPA in order to be a competitive candidate.

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Nov 102011

Question by rawrrrosaurusrexx: what’s the difference between cognative and behavioral neuroscience?
what is a better background for medicine and which is easier to complete?

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Answer by honey
Behavioral is about a person’s behavior’s–why they behave one way or another, etc. Cognitive has more to do with emotions and the brain (which is biopsychological). At least this is my understanding of them after only a few psychology courses.

As for which is better and better paid, that depends on what you want to do and what your state says is better paid, and I also think it has to do with how much experience (not just school time) you have. As for which is easier to complete, that also depends on each person. If the subject interests them, then it will be easier for them to complete it compared to someone who isn’t interested in it and is just in it for the money.

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Oct 262011

Question by jeff s: Behavioral neuroscience major with a minor in business?
I’m thinking about majoring in behavioral neuroscience but also want to have some sort of a background in business. My plans are to attend medical school after my 4 years at a college but would like to have some business background…

To anyone that has tried this or knows anything about it, do you think this is a smart decision? And is it possible to minor in something that is in a different school, such as if my major is in the College of Arts and Sciences but I want to minor in something in the School of Business.

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Answer by Dancing D
It won’t hurt your chances. You can definitely do minors in different colleges. I did a dance minor with a biochem major.

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Apr 252011

Question by soccerdude15: What are the best colleges for the behavioral neuroscience major?
Please name colleges in the Northeast or Atlantic regions of the US. and schools that I could get into with a 2000 SAT and 3.75 unweighted GPA.


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Answer by Bill T
Consider Fairfield University in Connecticut. They’ve had an outstanding psychology program for many years and they’ve recently introduced a neuropsychology major as well, I believe.

It’s fairly selective but you seem to have the numbers to get in.

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Oct 132010

Question by pamela: What is a top college or university for psychology or cognitive and behavioral neuroscience?
I am interested in becoming a neuropsychologist and I want to go to a great undergrad school that would look impressive for a future graduate school. However, I have no idea which colleges or universities are best for the psychology and neuroscience majors.

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Answer by wanderklutz
Rank/School Average assessment
score (5.0 = highest)
1. University of California–Los Angeles 4.7
2. University of California–Berkeley 4.4
University of Wisconsin–Madison 4.4

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Sep 272010
Mental Health
by samhsa

The Prevalence of Mental Health Disorders, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders and Mental Illness in Children

Mental health disorders and mental illnesses affect a greater number of children and juveniles than many people are aware of. These emotional and behavioral disorders can have profound negative effects on the growth and development of children, especially when they go unnoticed and untreated. A greater proportion of children and youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems have mental health problems than children and youth in the general population.

-50% of children and youth in the child welfare system have mental health problems.
-67% to 70% of youth in the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health disorder.

Prevalence Estimates of Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders In Young People

DISORDER                                            PERCENTAGE OF YOUNG PEOPLE AFFECTED

Learning D/O:                                                                5%
Substance use / addiction disorder:                                  10.3%
CD:                                                                              3.5%
ODD:                                                                            2.8%
ADHD:                                                                           4.5%
Anxiety Disorders (various):                                             8%
Unipolar Disorder:                                                           5.2%
One or more disorders:                                                   17%

(D/O = Disorder; CD = Conduct Disorder; ODD = Oppositional Defiant Disorder; ADHD = Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Source: Preventing Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People, 2009. National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, of the National Academies.)

Early Detection and Intervention are Critical

The onset of major mental illness may occur as early as 7 to 11 years old.
-Research supported by the National Institute of Mental Health indicates that half of adults with MEB disorders were first diagnosed by age 14 and three fourths were diagnosed by age 24.  
-Factors that predict mental health problems can be identified in the early years, with children and youth from low-income  households at increased risk for mental health problems.  

Age at Onset of First Symptom of Full Psychiatric Disorder, by Age 21


ADHD:                                            Age 5                                                 Age 5
ODD:                                              Age 5                                                 Age 10
CD:                                                Age 6                                                 Age 11
Anxiety Disorders (Various):              Age 7                                                 Age 8
Depression:                                     Age 12                                               Age 15
Substance Abuse:                             Age 14                                               Age 15
Substance Dependence:                    Age 16                                               Age 17
Any Psychiatric Diagnosis:                  Age 9                                                 Age 11

(Source: Preventing Mental, Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People, 2009. National Research Council and Institute of Medicine, of the National Academies)

Obstacles to Access and Quality in Mental Healthcare

Several federal commissions and workgroups federal task forces have documented the need for improved and expanded mental health services for children and youth.

-It is estimated that less than 1 in 5 of these children receive the appropriate needed treatment  
-Only 15% of youths who had difficulties had parents that actively talked to a health care provider or school staff about their child?s emotional or behavioral difficulties.  

There is not adequate financial support for quality services to prevent and treat mental health problems of children and youth. Many child mental health services are not covered by managed care payers. In 2007, 3.1 million youths, (12.5 percent of 12 to 17 year olds) received treatment or counseling for problems with behavior or emotional disturbances in specialty mental health settings (which include inpatient and outpatient care).

Effective Treatment and Prevention Exists

Clear windows of opportunity are available to prevent MEB disorders and related problems before they occur. An intervention before a disorder manifests itself is possible and offers the best opportunity to protect young people. Effective prevention includes strengthening families by targeting problems, strengthening individuals by building resilience and skills, preventing specific disorders by screening individuals at risk, promoting mental health in schools and promoting mental health through health care and community programs. The key to most approaches is to identify risks (biological, psychological and social factors) that may increase a child?s risk of MEB disorders.

Linda Rosenberg is the president and CEO of the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. TNC specializes in the treatment of mental illnesses and addiction disorders while also promoting public policy for emotional and behavioral disorders in children. Lean more at http://www.thenationalcouncil.org/.

One in four people will suffer a mental, neurological, or substance use disorder at some point in their life; yet many cannot get access to basic medicines or basic mental health care. The mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP) asserts that with proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, tens of millions could be treated for depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy and prevented from suicide even where resources are scarce. For more information: www.who.int
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Jul 142010

Course Desciption: Psychology 116: Neuroscience Lab is a laboratory experience exploring various topics in behavioral neuroscience. About the Professor: Dr. William Grisham is a Professor from UCLAs Department of Physiological Science. Since July of 1996, Dr. Grisham coordinated and taught upper division laboratories in Interdepartmental Program in Neuroscience and Biopsychology majors for UCLA. Furthermore, he participated in selection and development of laboratory exercises and computer assisted learning, developed and administered laboratory examinations, and trained and supervised graduate teaching assistants. Note: Some clips and images may have been blurred or removed to avoid copyright infringement. * See all the UCLA Psychology 116: Neuroscience Lab lectures in this series: www.youtube.com * See more courses from UCLA: www.youtube.com * See more from UCLA’s main channel on YouTube: www.youtube.com
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UAB scientists on the cutting edge of neuroscience discuss their mind-bending research.
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