Biological Psychology - SP604

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Autumn
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6 15 (7.5) DR AJ Russ




Not available as a 'wild' module. Not available to short term credit students.



This module focuses on the study of the biological bases of human behaviour, relating actions and experiences to genetics and physiology. It will cover topic areas including drug addiction, sleep, emotion, language, memory, and schizophrenia. The module will also discuss biological research methods such as brain imaging techniques (for example PET, fMRI, EEG), physiological recording, and the study of brain-damaged patients. The aim of the module is to enable students to reach a sufficient level of understanding of biological psychology to be capable of critically evaluating theory and method in published research.


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%).

Preliminary 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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