Biological Psychology - PSYC6040

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


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 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 brain-damaged patients.


Contact hours

25 hours

Method of assessment

20% in class test, 80% examination.

Indicative reading

The module reading list can be found online at

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of structures and functions of the human nervous system (including the brain) that are relevant to the study of psychology
8.2 Demonstrate critical reflection when considering the roles of genes and environment in the development of individual differences
8.3 Critically evaluate the role of physiology in human behaviour, emotion, and cognition
8.4 Evaluate through written analysis and interpretation the contributions made by the different approaches and research methods that are used in biological psychology

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate writing and reading skills to present and interpret material with evidence of the use of relevant literature
9.2 Develop knowledge and understanding of biological psychology
9.3 Critically evaluate the quality of theory and method in published research
9.4 Demonstrate the ability to express opinions, argue rationally and engage in critical thinking both orally and in the written form


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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