The Neocortex short reading course

Taken from the book The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain.

In this course you will learn:

  • The major divisions of the neocortex
  • About the occipital lobe and function
  • About the parietal lobes and function
  • About the temporal lobes and  function
  • About the frontal lobes and function
  • What was phrenology
  • And cover three recent studies about the prefrontal cortex and how these findings relate to mental wellbeing and therapy.

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The Neocortex (1 hour)
The neocortex is where all our 'higher order' thinking happens. This short reading course will break down the neocortex into divisions that make sense and apply the various functions to psychotherapy.
Module 1 The Neocortex  
Unit 1 The Neocortex Introduction (6 min)
Unit 2 Major Divisions Introduction (8 min)
Unit 3 Occipital Lobe (11 min)
Unit 4 Parietal Lobes (16 min)
Unit 5 Temporal Lobes (5 min)
Unit 6 Frontal Lobes (10 min)
Module 2 Prefrontal Cortex Studies  
Unit 1 Brain Activity Buffers Against Worsening Anxiety (6 min)
Unit 2 A “Turbo Charge” for Your Brain? (8 min)
Unit 3 How the cortex assigns credit for causality (8 min)
Unit 4 Phrenology (8 min)
Unit 5 The Neocortex Conclusion (1 min)
The Neocortex short reading course has been taken from the book The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain. This short reading course will take you though some of the basics of the neocortex and the functions of the major divisions. For those who are starting out on their journey of discovery about the brain, this is a good primer for following courses also based on the book The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain.
In this course you will learn:

  • The major divisions of the neocortex
  • About the occipital lobe and function
  • About the parietal lobes and function
  • About the temporal lobes and  function
  • About the frontal lobes and function
  • What was phrenology
  • And cover three recent studies about the prefrontal cortex and how these findings relate to mental wellbeing and therapy.
Matthew Dahlitz is the Editor-in-Chief of The Neuropsychotherapist magazine, a practicing psychotherapist, and author of the book The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain. He sees clients in his private practice when he is not writing and editing for The Neuropsychotherapist or working on other publishing and consulting projects.

This self-study activity consists of 1 hour of continuing education, or professional development, instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary across countries, organizations and state board regulations. Please save the test results at the end of each unit, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your organization to determine specific filing requirements.

We are unable to guarantee the success of logging 1 CE/PD point for this course as the requirements vary significantly across countries, states, and organizations.

All self-study participants will have to have achieved 80% or better pass rate to receive a certificate of completion. If you require a copy of the test/evaluation for CE purposes, please print at the time you take the test – these are available as a download after you complete each test section.


This course is $10 AUD and is 1 clock hour of learning.

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