CMSD 620 Neuroanatomy of Speech, Language, and Swallowing

Patrick McCaffrey, Ph. D. Emeritus Professor, CSU, Chico,


Please read medical disclaimer: This neuroscience series is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating any health problems or disorder of speech, swallowing and language. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have any health problem or disorder of communication or swallowing, you should consult your health care provider.

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Patrick McCaffrey, Ph.D., Professor

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Course Outline

Course notes are arranged in units that roughly correspond to the weeks of the semester.

Study Questions
 If you are taking the course on-line you will send me the answers to the study questions as an attachment after you complete each chapter, or you can send me the answers for the first six chapters together. At that time you will take the midterm exam. After you complete the remainder of the chapters you will take the final.

If you are taking the course on-campus you will use the study questions to prepare for class discussions.

Chapter 1

Overview: Basics of the Nervous System

Chapter 2

Overview: General Description of the Central Nervous System

Chapter 3

Meninges and Cerebrospinal Fluid

Chapter 4

Cerebral Cortex, and Brodmann's Classification System

Chapter 5

Corpus Striatum, Rhinencephalon, Connecting Fibers, and Diencephalon

Chapter 6

Midbrain, Pons, Medulla, and Reticular Formation

Chapter 7


Chapter 8

Spinal Cord, Spinal Nerves, and Autonomic Nervous System

Chapter 9

Cranial Nerves

Chapter 10

Upper Motor Neuronal Tracts

Chapter 11

Blood Supply to the Brain

Chapter 12


Readings and References


Love , Russell and Webb, Wanda. (2008) Neurology for the Speech-Language Pathologist.

McCaffrey, P. (2014) Neuropathologies of Speech Swallowing and Language.

McCaffrey, P. (2014) Neuropathologies of Language and Cognition.

Other sources:

Bhatnager, Subhash C.  (2005) Neuroscience for the Study of Communicative Disorders.

FitzGerald , Turlough. (1997) Neuroanatomy Basic and Clinical.


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Learning Goals

To be able to:

1. describe the anatomy and physiology of the brain

2. discuss the neuroscience of swallowing, speech, and language

3. explain upper and lower motor neurons

4. describe the language centers of the brain

5. explain the blood supply to the brain and the arterial anastomosis within the brain.


1. You must answer the study questions after you complete each unit.

2. You must take two examinations: a midterm and final

Academic Honesty: Please don't cheat. If you do you betray yourself.


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Other courses in the Neuroscience on the Web series:
CMSD 636 Neuropathologies of Language and Cognition | CMSD 642 Neuropathologies of Swallowing and Speech

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