PSY427 Biological Psychology
Lead Faculty: Dr. Brenda Lee Shook
A study of the way in which the brain mediates behavior, emotion, and cognition. Topics include sensory systems, neural development, emotion, learning, memory, consciousness, reproduction, and neurological and psychological disorders.
- Identify basic brain structures and functional neural systems.
- Describe the process of signaling between nerve cells including chemical neurotransmitters.
- Compare and contrast the role of neurotransmitters in the etiology and treatment of various psychopathologies, e.g., schizophrenia, depression, anxiety and substance abuse.
- List and describe the major methods used to study brain structure and function and the associated ethical issues.
- Discuss the functional organization of the sensory systems.
- Describe the process of neural development and the role of plasticity in development and recovery of function.
- Recognize and describe brain systems mediating sexual and reproductive behaviors, emotions, learning, memory, and consciousness.
- List and describe major neurological disorders, i.e., disease, injury, infections, and vascular disorders.