Undergraduate Course: Biological Psychology (PSYL10113)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course introduces a range of topics which illustrate possible biological approaches to the study of mental processes and the 'evolution of mind' and gives an understanding of the range of biological approaches that can be applied to the study of mental processes and brain function. The topics covered range in specificity and level of analysis, and include communication and intelligence in nonhuman primates, broader aspects of the evolution of animal cognition, and the neurobiology of emotion. The course also aims to teach and assess knowledge of the anatomy of the human brain in a context which allows it to be related to analyses of brain function.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Psychology 2A (PSYL08011) AND
Psychology 2B (PSYL08012)
||Other requirements|| Research Methods and Statistics (PPLS08001) is recommended.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
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| To understand the role of the evidence from animal behaviour in current debates about human nature and its genetic and environmental determinants.
To recognise the main stages in the evolution of the nervous system in animals.
To give at least two examples to explain the way in which 'comparative' studies (of the abilities of animals) can contribute to questions about the origins of human abilities.
To explain the similarities and differences between communication and social structure in different species.
To be able to describe with illustrations the functional and anatomical organisation of the human brain.
To explain the contribution of model/simple systems to understanding the nature of synaptic plasticity
|Shettleworth, S.J. (1998). Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour. Oxford: Oxford University Press. |
Byrne, R. (1995). The Thinking Ape. Evolutionary Origins of Intelligence. Oxford: Oxford Press.
Macphail, E.M. (1998). The Evolution of Consciousness. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
McFarland, D. (1998). Animal Behaviour. Pearson Prentice Hall (3rd Edition).
Carlson, N.R. (2012). Physiology of Behavior. Allyn and Bacon (11th Edition).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Elena Gherri
Tel: (0131 6)50 3340
|Course secretary||Ms Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733