|| PS30120 |
|| BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Kathryn Bullen |
|| 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.
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.
Brain structure (gross and minute)
Electrical and chemical processes control neuronal communication in the brain
Role of frontal lobe structures and the limbic system in emotional expression
Brain damage and behaviour
Depression and underlying abnormalities in brain systems
Drug treatment for depression
Chronic stress and brain function
Animal models of drug addiction
Dopamine and schizophrenia
Classical and instrumental conditioning
Elements and conditions of learning
Complex contingency control and stimulus control
Rule governed behaviour.
This module is at CQFW Level 6