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Brain and Behaviour (Advanced) - PSYC2910

Year - 2018

This Unit of Study focuses on the Behavioural Sciences, Neurosciences, Abnormal Psychology and the study of perception. The lecture content is the same as PSYC2011, and examines a range of phenomena and principles in behaviour, learning and perception, and their relations to underlying neural substrates. The emphasis in learning is on instrumental conditioning and the principle of reinforcement, ranging from applications of this principle to its neural substrates. Also covered are motivational aspects of behaviour, such as punishment and avoidance. The Abnormal Psychology section will focus on emotional and motivational disorders, such as anxiety and depression, addiction, sex and appetite, together with related neurochemical mechanisms and the effects of various psychopharmacological agents on these processes. A number of perceptual phenomena will be studied, such as motion detection, recognition of faces, identification of emotion, hearing and hearing loss, taste discrimination, and chronic pain. The practical classes differ from PSYC2011, as it is targeted for those who would like to learn more about the experimental study of behaviour and the neurosciences. Students will gain hands-on laboratory experience in how the principles and phenomena of behavioural neuroscience may be studied experimentally.

3x1hr lectures and 1x1hr tutorial per week

1x2hr examination, 1x1500 word report, 1 x quiz, 1 x oral presentation/debate (100%)

Bouton, M.E. (2007). Learning and Behavior: A Contemporary Synthesis. Sinauer. Wickens, A. (2009) Introduction to Biopsychology, 3rd edition. Pearson.


A mark of at least 75 in PSYC1002


PSYC2011, PSYC2911, PSYC2010


Faculty: Science

Semester 1

05 Mar 2018

Department/School: Psychology Academic Operations
Study Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) day
Census Date: 31 Mar 2018
Unit of study level: Intermediate
Credit points: 6.0
EFTSL: 0.125
Available for study abroad and exchange: Yes
Faculty/department permission required? No
More details
Unit of Study coordinator: Dr Ian Johnston
HECS Band: 1
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