This unit of study examines a range of phenomena and principles in behaviour, learning and perception, abnormal psychology 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 are designed for students with an interest in clinical and therapeutic Psychology, and will allow students to design and implement a behaviour modification programme.
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.
PSYC2015 or PSYC2915 or PSYC2016 or PSYC2017 or PSYC2910