School of Psychology

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Learning.. (C8601)

Neurobiological Mechanisms of Learning and Memory

Module C8601

Module details for 2012/13.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Learning, "forgetting" and the formation of memories are believed to involve changes in the way in which neurones communicate. This module will focus on the processes that control these modifications and the evidence for their role in learning and memory. The module will consider how plasticity, the neuronal mechanism believed to be responsible for learning and memory, can occur in different brain regions using evidence from both animal and human studies. Examples of topics to be covered will include: long-term potentiation, long-term depression, genetic and environmental influences on learning and memory.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate a clear understanding of the fundamental principles underlying synaptic plastic processes in the mammalian central nervous system.

Critically evaluate research literature.

Communicate ideas and research findings by written, oral and visual means.

Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
PresentationT1 Week 13 (15 minutes)100.00%
Portfolio (3250 words)Semester 1 Assessment Week 1 Wed 16:0080.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour012201110110
Autumn SemesterSeminar2 hours000001110110

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