Final Project: Biopsychological Analysis of a Neuropsychological Disorder 



Final Project: Biopsychological Analysis of a Neuropsychological Disorder 
In your Final Project, you will synthesize an overview of the  major theories relating to the pathology of a disorder as well as  provide a detailed discussion of the etiology (causes) and clinical  interventions, using research to support your analysis.  Your topic will  be the neuropsychological disorder that was selected and approved by  the instructor in your Week One assignment, and for which you provided  an outline in the Week Two assignment.

In keeping  with the focus of this class, the emphasis of your paper will be on the  neuroscience aspects of the disorder, to include:

Theories of etiology (causes)
Associated factors in development of the disorder (genetic, environmental, familial, lifestyle)
Pathology (abnormalities of physical structure and function, including genetic and biochemical aspects)
Treatment options (pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic, with rationales for use based on current understanding of the disorder)
Diagnostic and research technologies employed in clinical diagnosis, care, and basic science research

Your research will include a minimum of six to eight  peer-reviewed sources, which provide evidence-based information  regarding the biological and psychological features of the disorder and  were published within the last five years. At least four of your  references should be peer-reviewed publications of original research  studies. To justify your assertions, provide in-text citations for all  factual statements taken from your research, with corresponding  references drawn from scholarly sources.  All citations and sources are  to be documented according to APA style, as outlined in the Ashford  Writing Center, and should support and enhance your analysis of the  selected disorder. Sources may include review articles, original  research articles, information from government agencies (e.g., National  Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control, Food and Drug  Administration, Drug Enforcement Administration) or professional  societies (e.g., professional society position papers or clinical  practice guidelines).

Final Project- Components

Section I:  Introduction

This  section should provide a general introduction to the topic as well as  an overview of the background and history of the disorder. Further, it  should provide a succinct thesis statement of the purpose and overall  direction of the paper.  For instance, if your paper will have a large  focus on the role of particular neurotransmitters in the etiology of the  disorder as a rationale for treatment options, you should indicate this  in the introduction. Finally, this section should provide demographic  data that indicates the prevalence of the disorder in both general and  specific populations.

Specific required components of the Introduction:

Succinct thesis statement (one or more sentences detailing the focus  of your Final Project and informing the reader about your topic and the  scope of your paper)
Define the type of disorder


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