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Psychopathology – Mental Health Disorders

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About this Course

About the Course

In this course, Dr Cody Porter (University of the West of England) explores mental health disorders. In the first lecture, we think about characteristics of psychotic disorders, with a series of research papers focusing on schizophrenia. In the second lecture, we think about characteristics of affective disorders, focusing on depression. In the third lecture, we think about characteristics of anxiety disorders and a series of research papers which have explored OCD symptoms and treatments. Next, we think about the biological, behaviourist, social learning, psychodynamic, cognitive and humanistic models for explaining mental health. In the fifth and final lecture, we think about gender differences in mental health, especially in diagnoses of schizophrenia and depression.

About the Lecturer

Dr Cody Porter is a senior lecturer in social psychology in the department of Health and Social Sciences at the University of the West of England. Dr Porter’s research interests are in information elicitation, lie detection and offending behaviour. Some of Dr Porter’s recent publications include ‘Implementing converged security risk management: Drivers, barriers, and facilitators’ (in press) and ‘Applying the asymmetric information management technique to insurance claims’ (2022).