About This Course

The Neocortex short reading course has been taken from the book The Psychotherapist’s Essential Guide to the Brain.

  • PDF download; short quiz for each reading section; Course completion certificate

  • Learn the major divisions of the neocortex

  • Learn the functions of the parietal, occipital, temporal and frontal lobes.

  • A look at phrenology and 3 recent studies about the prefrontal cortex and how these findings relate to mental wellbeing.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    The Neocortex

    • The Neocortex Introduction (6 min)

    • The Neocortex Download

    • The Neocortex Introduction - Test

    • Major Divisions Introduction (8 min)

    • Major Divisions Introduction - Test

    • Occipital Lobe (11 min)

    • Occipital Lobe - Test

    • Parietal Lobes (16 min)

    • Parietal Lobes - Test

    • Temporal Lobes (5 min)

    • Temporal Lobes - Test

    • Frontal Lobes (10 min)

    • Frontal Lobes - Test

  • 2

    Prefrontal Cortex Studies

    • Brain Activity Buffers Against Worsening Anxiety (6 min)

    • Brain Activity Buffers Against Worsening Anxiety - Test

    • A “Turbo Charge” for Your Brain? (8 min)

    • A “Turbo Charge” for Your Brain? - Test

    • How the cortex assigns credit for causality (8 min)

    • How the cortex assigns credit for causality - Test

    • Phrenology (8 min)

    • Phrenology - Test

    • The Neocortex Conclusion (1 min)


CEO The Science of Psychotherapy

Matthew Dahlitz

Matthew Dahlitz is both university trained and an autodidact whose knowledge spans across the arts, technology, psychology, neuroscience, emergency medicine, and business. He has studied psychology at the University of Queensland with a Master of Counselling degree specializing in neuropsychotherapy. He is the Editor-in-Chief of The Neuropsychotherapist, has taught post-graduate courses in neuropsychotherapy, and is author of the book The Psychotherapists’s Essential Guide to the Brain. Matthew has also studied at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music in both music technology and master of composition. He has scored for film and produced a number of albums of original music and played producer in a film production company. Matthew has also been an Advanced Care Paramedic for a decade, managed commercial property and property development projects in the tens of millions of dollars, founded the Age of Robots site that reports on the technology and the social and psychological impacts of this second machine age, and runs a media and publishing company with an emphasis on great story telling.

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