Psychology

Brain and Behaviour

Module code: C8518
Level 5
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Practical, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

In this module, you study brain mechanisms and behaviour. Topics covered normally include:

  • ionic mechanisms underlying the nerve action potential
  • synapses and neurotransmission
  • neuropharmacology of commonly used anti-depressant and anxiolytic drugs
  • functional neuroanatomy of the human brain
  • brain development and neurogenetics
  • neural mechanisms in motor behaviour
  • initiation of voluntary actions
  • neural mechanisms underlying plasticity and learning
  • individual differences.

The module consists of lectures, seminars and practical classes.

Module learning outcomes

  • They should understand the relevance of underlying biological phenomena to the explanation of behaviour. In particular they should understand how the nervous system codes incoming sensory information and produces integrated sequences of motor action.
  • They should be aware of the ways in which commonly used psychotrophic drugs affect brain function and should appreciate how the nervous system contributes to adaptive behaviour.
  • They should have developed, during the demonstration/CAL sessions, their knowledge of human brain structure and the functioning of fundamental units of the brain.
  • They should be able to describe and evaluate the role of individual differences in at least one area of biological psychology.