This unit focuses on the study of the relationship between the brain and the mind through examining the basis of consciousness, behaviour, cognition and memory. Advances in brain research methods have opened new ways to understanding the relationship between mind, brain and behaviour. The limitations of traditionally invasive approaches in human research have given way to the use of non-invasive methods such as brain imaging technologies including position emission tomography (PET), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and more recently transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Students study the structure and functioning of the human brain and nervous system, and explore the nature of consciousness and altered states of consciousness including sleep.
This unit is studied in Year 12.