- Code PSYC2007
- Unit Value 6 units
Our ability to perceive the world, think and remember things depends upon the functioning of our brain. In this course we will look at the workings of the brain, with particular focus on understanding aspects of brain function that are of particular importance to psychology. Consequently, this course focus on the link between neuroscience and psychological functioning.
Topics will include: mind-body problem; techniques to determine brain structure and cognitive functioning; functional properties and organisation of neurons in the early stages of the visual system and how that influences our perception; genetic and environmental influences in the development of the tuning properties of cells; colour processing and pathologies; memory encoding and storage; how emotion can affect memories; parallel and hierarchical processing in the brain; and how clinical neuropsychological findings map onto these pathways and processing stages, with particular emphasis on the concept of the cortical localisation of function.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
1. Describe the fundamental concepts and major themes in how information is processed by the brain.
2. Compare and contrast particular approaches to studying brain function with respect to their use to answer a particular research question.
3. Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate research studies and conclusions.
4. Understand the link between psychological and brain functioning.
Indicative AssessmentAn essay 30% (LO 1-4)
In-laboratory quizzes 15% (LO 1-4)
End of semester examination 55% (LO 1-4)
The examination must be passed in order for an overall pass in the course to be awarded.
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The face-to-face teaching time for this course consists of two hours of lectures per week and 18 hours of laboratory classes spread across the semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Kalat, J. W. (2015). Biological psychology (12th Ed.)
To enrol in this course you must have completed either:
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|Class start date
|Last day to enrol
|Class end date
|Mode Of Delivery
|24 Jul 2017
|31 Jul 2017
|31 Aug 2017
|27 Oct 2017