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PSYC11:  BIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY


Course Description

This course stresses the biological basis of behavior including: neuroanatomy, the senses, perception, learning, thinking, and psychological disorders. This course was previously listed as PSYC 1B. (C-ID: PSYC 150) PREREQUISITE: Completion of PSYC 1A or PSYC 10 with a grade of 'C' or better.


Learning Outcomes

  • To define and use the basic biological, physiological, and psychological terminology of biological psychology and the neurosciences.
  • To identify, analyze, and explain the research methodologies that characterize the biological psychology approach and the neurosciences.
  • To identify and describe examples of invasive vs. noninvasive research methods, and research ethics and safeguards for the study of animals and humans.
  • To differentiate between neural and behavioral processes relative to biological psychology.
  • To differentiate among specialty areas within biological psychology and the related disciplines within the neurosciences.
  • To describe neural conduction and synaptic transmission.
  • To summarize the major issues in human evolution, genetics, and behavioral development that underlie the biology of behavior.
  • To explain the role of the central and peripheral nervous systems, and the neuroendocrine system as they relate to behavior and various psychopathologies.
  • To give examples of various brain-behavior relationships such as motivation, sexual behavior, sleep, learning, memory, stress, drug dependence, mood disorders, and schizophrenia.


Last modified: November 25, 2014
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