Behavioural & Cognitive Neuroscience Adv (PSYC3914)

UNIT OF STUDY

This unit of study will focus on approaches to studying neurosciences incorporating molecular, pre-clinical and clinical models of brain function. These biological models of brain function will be linked with behavioural, affective and cognitive function and dysfunction. The implications of focal cognitive deficits in neurological patients for models of normal cognitive function will also be explored. Specific topics to be covered will be selected from the following areas: sensorimotor integration, and the neural and molecular basis of learning and memory, attention, language, visual cognition and praxis. The lecture material will be the same as for PSYC3014, however, the practical class is targeted for those who would like to learn more about the experimental study of behaviour and the neurosciences. The practical component of the advanced stream will cover basic neuroanatomy, histology and neuropharmacology and will introduce students to experimental approaches to studying brain-behaviour relationships in a group-run, in-class experiment that will be conducted over the course of the semester.

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Further unit of study information

Classes

Two lectures, one 1 hour tutorial and one 2 hour practical per week.

Assessment

1 x 2 hour exam (end of semester), 1 x 1 hour quiz (mid-semester), 1 x presentation, 1 written assignment (lab report), attendance and participation in tutorial/practical exercises (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

Distinction or above across (PSYC2011 or PSYC2911 or PSYC2111), Distinction or above across at least one Intermediate Psychology Unit from (PSYC2012 or PSYC2112), (PSYC2013 or PSYC2113), (PSYC2014 or PSYC2114) OR ANAT2010 and PCOL2011.

Assumed knowledge: PSYC2113 or PSYC2013

Prohibitions

PSYC3215, PSYC3014, PSYC3204

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