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This course aims to provide students with a good understanding of the biological basis of behaviour and cognition. The course is split into two sections, each featuring 5 lectures. Section 1 focuses on psychopharmacology, which is the investigation of the effect of medication on normal and abnormal brain function. Section 2 focuses on neuropsychology, examining what can be learnt about psychological processes from studying patients with brain damage.
Specific topics that will be covered include: neurotransmitters; drug effects; psychedelic drugs; impaired object and face recognition; amnesia; and disorders of motor control.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
Psychopharmacology lectures will examine how the study of psychoactive drugs can inform our understanding of both normal and abnormal brain function. Neuropsychology lectures will focus on the insights that have been gained from patient studies, but also the problems and pitfalls with using patient data to understand normal brain function.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
30% Multiple Choice Questions
Alternative Resit Assessment
There are no assessments for this course.
|Knowledge Level||Thinking Skill||Outcome|
|Procedural||Analyse||Students will acquire skills to understand and evaluate different approaches to research in biological psychology|
|Conceptual||Evaluate||Students will learn to critically evaluate topics related to biological psychology and to communicate this in coursework and exam essays.|
|Conceptual||Apply||Give students a better appreciation of the multiple causes of abnormal behaviour and cognitive processes, as well as developments in the application of biological psychology to real-life circumstances|
|Factual||Understand||To further knowledge of the relationship between biological processes affecting the brain and normal and abnormal behaviour and cognition.|