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This 1.5 hour course includes video lectures by Richard Hill + short online questions + a certificate of completion. You can access this and hundreds of hours of additional course material as a standard member of The Science of Psychotherapy

About This Course

The Basics of the Cortical Regions of the Brain:

Module 1, explores the lobes of the neocortex – frontal, temporal, parietal, occipital – the sensory and motor cortex, the insula and the cerebellum. The separation of the two hemispheres is described along with the connecting tissue of the corpus collosum. The functional distinctions for each area is described along with some insight into the relationship they have to human behaviour.

Module 2 makes a detailed exploration of the frontal lobe, often named the “executive brain”. This is the most important region of the brain for regulation of behaviour and emotive states and is, therefore, very important to understand.

Module 3, explores the motor and sensory cortices in greater depth and introduces areas of the midbrain – the basal ganglia and the limbic area. These areas of the brain are important in the processing of information that comes from the outer environment and also from our inner environment of emotional and movement memory. This video will assist in your understanding of the way the body responds to sensation and organises movement.

This self-study activity consists of 1.5 hours 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 1.5 CE/PD points for this course as the requirements vary significantly across countries, states, and organizations.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Cortical Regions of the Brain

    • Cortical Regions Part 1

    • Cortical Regions 101 PDF Download

    • Jill Bolte Taylor's TED talk about her experience of left-hemisphere damage.

    • Cortical Regions Part 1 Quiz

    • Cortical Regions Part 2

    • Cortical Regions Part 2 Quiz

    • Cortical Regions Part 3

    • Cortical Regions Part 3 Quiz

  • 2

    In Closing...

    • Before you go...


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Chief Education Director

Richard Hill

Richard Hill began his professional life in the performing arts and is now a practicing psychotherapist, author, educator, and Clinical Science Director and Managing Editor at the Science of Psychotherapy. Richard returned to intellectual studies at 42 (1996) achieving a B.A. majoring in linguistics, followed by 3 Masters Degrees in Social Ecology, Education, and Brain and Mind Sciences and is now a PhD candidate researching the nature of the person-responsive approach in therapy. His latest book is co-authored with Matthew Dahlitz, The Practitioner’s Guide to the Science of Psychotherapy. Richard enjoyed the good fortune to be mentored by the esteemed Ernest Rossi, PhD who introduced the field of Psychosocial Genomics and is a member of the international research team that studies the impact of therapeutic practice on the genetic level. Richard co-authored The Practitioner’s Guide to Mirroring Hands with Rossi. His main theoretical proposals concern – The Winner-Loser World Theory; the Curiosity Approach: and the Possibility Solution – which are explored in his numerous books and book chapters. Richard is active internationally including his role as Science Director for CIPPS college in Salerno, Italy, and course consultant at the University Fernando Pessoa in Portugal. He is also Patron of the Australian Society of Clinical Hynotherapists.