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Unit information: Introduction to Biological Psychology in 2017/18

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Unit name Introduction to Biological Psychology
Unit code PSYC10009
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Dr. Turk
Open unit status Open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit provides an introduction on the biological approach to behaviour with particular reference to the importance of neurophysiological processes.

The aims of this unit are to cover concepts relevant to brain functioning from chemistry, biology and neuroscience, and to study how biological and cognitive explanations are complementary.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

1. Identify the major theoretical perspectives taken in biological psychology relevant to brain functioning.
2. Recognise the new insights into how the mind (brain) supports a range of key human behaviours.
3. Define the methodologies and techniques used in biological psychology.

Teaching details

Weekly lectures, and a revision session.

Assessment Details

Multiple-choice examination (100%).

Reading and References


Schacter, D. L., Gilbert, D. T., Wegner, D. M., & Hood, B. M. (2015). Psychology (2nd European ed.). Basingstoke, UK: Palgrave MacMillan.


Kalat, J. W. (2013). Biological psychology (11th ed. International Student ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.

Additional recommended and further reading will be made available through Blackboard