History and Philosophy Of Science | History of Psychology
X642 | 25604 | James Capshew


X642
History of Psychology:
Memoirs of Madness:
Exploring Neuropsychological Pathography

History of Psychology Seminar
How do people conceptualize and write about their mental trauma and
psychological distress? The seminar interrogates personal narratives
of depression, aphasia, head injury, and other forms of neurological
damage and emotional affliction using a variety of perspectives,
including literary and scientific viewpoints. The works will be
considered for their contribution to clinical science,
rehabilitative services, and popular understanding of limits to
human experience.

Each week the seminar will take up one or more items for critical
analysis. Each participant will be expected to contribute to the
general discussion, and perhaps present special reports on
additional readings as well. Written assignments include a
biographical sketch (2-3 pages), a book review (2-3 pages), and a
short research paper or historiographical essay (10-20 pages).
Students should come away with a deeper understanding of issues in
neuropsychology, mental illness, and linguistic representation.