Biological Foundations In Psychology – psy340 (3 credits)

This course is designed to expose you to the underlying physiological mechanisms of behavior.  Physiological psychology is a complex but fascinating field of study.  It explores the relationship between our biological systems and behavior.  Structure and function of the nervous system from the neuron to the brain, as well as the interrelationships between the brain and such behaviors as eating, sleeping, learning, memory, emotion, and mental disorders will be discussed using examples from the behavior of both humans and lower organisms.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Biological Foundations of Learning and Memory

  • Explain the relationship between the strength of learning associated with each type of memory.

  • Describe factors that can interrupt learning, memory, cognition, and behavior.

  • Discuss the importance of preserving brain health, and identify healthy lifestyle choices that directly affect neurological and psychological well-being.

  • Describe the neurological basis of learning and memory.

Introduction to Biological Psychology

  • Describe the relationship among biopsychological and other neuroscience disciplines.

  • Identify the major structures of the central and peripheral nervous systems.
  • Identify the role of genetics in brain development and subsequently behavior.

Neural Conduction and Psychopharmacology

  • Describe the stages of neural conduction and synaptic transmissions.

  • Describe the primary neurotransmitters and their role in brain function and behavior.

  • Discuss how drugs influence synaptic transmission.

  • Identify current issues in psychopharmacology.

Sensory and Motor Systems

  • Describe the organization of the sensory motor system.

  • Discuss the neurological structure and function of the five senses.

  • Describe the organization of the visual system and object recognition.

  • Analyze related nervous system pathologies associated with damage to the structures controlling the five senses.

Arousal and Motivation in the Nervous System

  • Explain the functions of the peripheral nervous system that are essential to survival.

  • Describe the relationship between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.

  • Discuss the neurological basis of sleeping and eating.

  • Explain the interactions between hormones and behavior.

  • Explain sex differences in brain morphology and sexuality.

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