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Unit information: Introduction to Biological Psychology in 2019/20

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Unit name Introduction to Biological Psychology
Unit code PSYC10009
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Dr. Turk
Open unit status Open
Pre-requisites

None

Co-requisites

None

School/department School of Experimental Psychology
Faculty Faculty of Science

Description

This unit provides an introduction on the biological approach to behaviour with particular reference to the importance of neurophysiological processes.

The aims of this unit are to cover concepts relevant to brain functioning from chemistry, biology and neuroscience, and to study how biological and cognitive explanations are complementary.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

1. Identify the major theoretical perspectives taken in biological psychology relevant to brain functioning.
2. Recognise the new insights into how the mind (brain) supports a range of key human behaviours.
3. Define the methodologies and techniques used in biological psychology.

Teaching details

Weekly lectures, and a revision session.

Assessment Details

Multiple-choice examination (100%).

Reading and References

Essential

Schacter, D. L., Gilbert, D. T., Wegner, D. M., & Hood, B. M. (2015). Psychology (2nd European ed.). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

Recommended

Kalat, J. W. (2013). Biological psychology (11th ed. International Student ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Additional recommended and further reading will be made available through Blackboard

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