This unit of study focuses on the behavioural sciences, neurosciences, abnormal psychology and the study of perception. The lecture content is the same as PSYC2010, 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 PSYC2010, 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 PSYC1002Prohibitions
PSYC2011 or PSYC2911 or PSYC2010 or PSYC2015 or PSYC2915 or PSYC2016 or PSYC2017