The aim of this unit is to extend student knowledge and understanding of key psychobiological theories and research. It also explores the psychobiological bases of behaviour. Topics covered in this unit of study include: anatomy of the brain and nervous system; neural transmission; psychobiological research methods; psychobiology of ingestive behaviour and the brain-gut axis; neuro-endocrine systems (hormones);homeostasis, somatisation and pain; drug addiction and reward circuits in the brain; psychobiology of emotions, stress and mental illness.

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APP2013 - Psychology 2A

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Appraise and challenge the relationship between biological systems and behaviour;  
  2. Articulate understanding of key psychobiological concepts and theories;  
  3. Apply knowledge of the anatomy of the brain and nervous system to biological processes and disorders; and  
  4. Critically evaluate a specific issue or topic related to psychobiology.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online multiple-choice, in class (1 hour) 10%
Exercise Critical debate and Annotated bibliography 50%
Essay Identify and critically evaluate an issue or theory in psychobiology (1500 words) 30%
Test Multiple-choice test (1 hour) 10%

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