Life Sciences

Neuroscience and Behaviour

Module code: C1087
Level 4
15 credits in spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Practical, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Unseen examination

The module deals with nervous and hormonal bases for sensory perception and behavioural action by humans and other animals.

You will be introduced to the basic components of the nervous systems: neurons, synapses and neurotransmitters, and learn how neurons transmit signals and processes information. You will also cover specialisation of the cerebral cortex, looking at lateralisation and language, as well as sensory processing and perception, exemplified by the visual pathway from the eye to specialised feature detectors in the cortex. Finally, lectures on feeding deal with neural and hormonal controls in behaviour.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of behavioural analysis at different levels of study.
  • Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the nervous system: the action potential, synapses, neurotransmitters; and some simple neural circuits.
  • Be able to explain how neural mechanisms underlie sensory perception and control behaviours, as well as explaining the basics of simple learning mechanisms.
  • Have practised skills in critical reading of scientific literature, including primary research papers and be able to communicate findings and conclusions from these, as well as understanding the experimental approach to the problem under investigation.