Biological Psychology - SP604

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR AJ Russ




Not available as a ‘wild’ module



This module focuses on the study of the biological bases of human behaviour, relating actions and experiences to genetics and physiology. The study of brain functioning is central to this module. It will address questions such as: How do genes, drugs and hormones influence behaviour? Why do we sleep? What causes behaviour? How are memories stored in the brain? What is the role of bodily reactions in emotion? Is schizophrenia a disorder of the brain? In addition, the module will also focus on the methods that are used to answer these questions, such as the recording of physiological signals, brain-imaging techniques, and the study of braindamaged patients.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

One two-hour lecture per week, plus 2 one-hour seminars during the term

Method of assessment

One in class multiple choice test (20%); one written examination (80%).

Indicative reading

Kalat, J.W. (2010). Biological psychology (10th edition). Wadsworth.
Toates, F. (2011). Biological psychology (3rd edition). Pearson Education.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Show knowledge and understanding of the structures and functions of the human nervous system (including the brain) that are relevant to the study of psychology
Demonstrate key intellectual skills by critically evaluating the role of physiology in human behaviour, emotion, and cognition
Compare and contrast the contributions made by the different approaches and research methods that are used in biological psychology
Demonstrate writing and reading skills to present and interpret material with evidence of the use of relevant literature
Demonstrate the ability to communicate critically and to engage in critical thinking

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