Module Identifier PS30120  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Kathryn Bullen  
Semester Semester 1  


Psychology seeks to understand and explain human behaviour from various perspectives; the structure and function of the brain and associated nervous and endocrine systems is central to any examination of human psychology. Knowledge of brain structure and function is necessary to appreciate complex phenomena such as mental illness, drug addiction and motivation. Reductionist biological approaches are complemented by different learning theories which examine how behaviours are acquired and maintained.

Brief description

The aim of this module is to explore the relationship between brain function and behaviour and the factors controlling the acquisition and expression of behaviour. The module covers the organization and structure of the brain and the association between learning and reward mechanisms. Both normal functioning and abnormal functioning are considered and the biological and learning components of a range of physical and mental health disorders such as depression, schizophrenia and drug addiction are examined.


Module Skills


This module is at CQFW Level 6