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Psychobiology

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2020/21

Module Code:

PS219

Module Name:

Psychobiology

Module Credits (CATS):

15 CATS

Module Convener

Adriano Lameira & Melina Kunar

Module Teachers

Thomas Hills

Module Aims

The module aims to extend the basic psychobiological knowledge acquired in the first year to more complex issues of nervous system functioning and nervous system/endocrine system interactions in order to enable students to appreciate how a psychobiological perspective might help us to understand human behaviour. Particular emphasis will be placed on providing an insight into the complexities of psychobiological research, its recent advances, as well as its limits. A further aim is to encourage students to address and discuss challenging, up-to-date topics in psychobiology by requiring assessed group work instead of individual work, thereby encouraging students to develop their team-player capabilities and communication skills

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic principles underlying:

  • the functional architecture of the brain at the macro- and microscopic level
  • the mechanisms of signal processing in the brain and their relevance for understanding complex behaviour
  • the psychobiological underpinnings of genetics and neurochemistry
  • the psychobiological underpinnings of sex differences and laterality
  • the psychobiology of learning and memory
  • the psychobiology of homeostatic processes
  • the psychobiology of bodily rhythms
  • the principles of evolution and the evidence supporting it

Assessed by:

Online Multiple Choice Multi-Answer (MCMA) online test & two-hour in-class MCMA exam.

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 weeks

Lectures

10 x 3 hours/week in 2 sessions (1x2h, 1x1h),

Seminars

2 x 2 hours in term 3 (feedback sessions)

Attendance

Attendance at lectures is compulsory

Module Assessment

 
   

Assessed work: Online Multiple Choice Multi-Answer

20%

 

Two-hour exam

80%

Module Reading List

General Textbooks:

  • Purves, D., et al. (2012). Neuroscience. Sinauer (978-0878939671) Carlson, N.R. (2013). Physiology of Behavior. Pearson (978-1292023205) Breedlove, S.M., & Watson, N.V. (2013). Biological Psychology: An Introduction to Behavioral, Cognitive, and Clinical Neuroscience. Sinauer (978-0-87893-927-5) LeVay, S. (1994).The Sexual Brain. MIT Press