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Module description

On this module, you will:

  • explore in more depth (following on from the Psychobiology I course) the structure and function of the central nervous system and sensory systems in the body
  • study the biological basis of emotion and social cognition
  • understand the way in which genes and environment influence brain development and are responsible for individual differences in brain development and behaviour
  • investigate the contribution of evolutionary approaches and primate research to understanding the biological basis of human brain development and behaviour.

Indicative module content

  • The central nervous system
  • Sensory processing
  • Biological aspects of emotion and sleep
  • The neural basis of social cognition
  • Behaviour genetics
  • Evolutionary explanations of animal behaviour

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

    • describe the structure of the central nervous system and the process of information transmission in the nervous system
    • understand how sensory systems function and how they cooperate
    • understand and present evidence on the biological basis of emotion and social cognition in the brain
    • discuss how behavioural genetics has advanced our understanding of the causes of learning abilities and psychological disorders such as autism and ADHD
    • understand the interplay between genetics and environmental influences in causing variation in human behaviour
    • describe examples of evolutionary explantations of animal behaviour
    • understand the major methods applied in neuroscience and behaviour genetics.