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Module code:PSYC2205 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Brain and Behaviour
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Hugo Spiers
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Available for students in Year(s):2
Module prerequisites:Usually only open as an option to Human Sciences and Natural Sciences students First and second year modules are largely unavailable to non-Psychology students due to the number of students who take them as part of their programme. To find out if they are available to you please visit the website below, selecting the relevant information sheet. 
Module outline:One of the big challenges in psychology is to understand how relatively "dumb" elements like neurons can co-operate to produce high-level mental operations like thinking and consciousness. The aim of this course is to introduce you to the study of the neurobiology of behaviour. It consists of two modules: one focusing on the principles of the study of animal learning, and the second focusing on the biological basis of various kinds of behaviour, using the aforementioned principles as a base. The animal learning module will cover issues related to the cognitive mechanisms that have been proposed to explain the acquisition of information by the brain: issues related to elicited behaviours, as well as Pavlovian and operant conditioning. We will examine how the findings and theories developed by students of animal learning may be used to explain a variety of animal learning effects. The neurobiology module will begin by looking at the architecture of the nervous system: the names, locations and approximate functions of the major brain areas and the basic workings of a typical neuron. It will look at some of the ways in which neurons are not as simple as was previously thought in particular, how they assimilate information and communicate it to other neurons, and how these communications can change (e.g. when learning occurs). It will then look at how ensembles of neurons, each processing its own set of stimuli; can collectively produce intelligent-looking behaviours such as memory formation or cognitive processing. By the end of the course you will, hopefully, have gained an insight into how knowing about low-level processes can constrain theories about how the high-level processes must operate (and of how this can make the life of a psychologist much easier!).  
Module aims:To explore some of the biological bases of behaviour.  
Module objectives:To understand how low-level neural systems can co-operate in the regulation of complex behaviours 
Key skills provided by module:Ability to critically read and evaluate published literature on neurobiology and behaviour. Ability to relate different "levels of explanation" of behaviour. 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Unseen three-hour written examination 100.00% 
Notes:Core Course for Psychology students  
Taking this module as an option?:Usually Human Sciences and Natural Sciences only 
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Last updated:2017-08-22 09:52:54 by ucjtjst