- Code PSYC6010
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Psychology
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Psychology
- Areas of interest Human Sciences, Medical Science, Psychology
All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.
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.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate research studies and conclusions.
- Critically analyse and explain the fundamental concepts and major themes in how information is processed by the brain.
- Compare and contrast particular approaches to studying brain function with respect to their use to answer a particular research question.
- Evaluate the link between psychological and brain functioning and explain how these links can be investigated.
- Describe and discuss scientific research in writing at a level appropriate for both academic and general audiences.
- In-laboratory quizzes (15) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Research essay (2500 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- End of semester examination (the exam must be passed in order to pass the course) (55) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 12 hours of laboratory classes spread across the semester.
- Approximately 88 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
To be determined
Requisite and Incompatibility
Kalat, J. W. (2015). Biological psychology (12th Ed.).
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