Physiological Psychology –

psych575

(3 credits)

A survey of biological and biochemical correlates of behavior, focusing on the structure and function of the central nervous system, the autonomic nervous system, and the endocrine system as they relate to psychological processes of sensation, drive, emotion, learning, and memory.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

A Physiological Approach to Understanding Behavior

  • Explain the underlying assumptions of a biopsychological approach to understanding behavior and consciousness.

  • Explain the relationship between the nervous system and behavior.

  • Describe research methods and strategies used by physiological psychologists.

The Cells of the Nervous System

  • Identify the basic structure and function of a neuron.

  • Describe the basic structure and function of supporting cells in the central nervous system.

  • Describe the primary neurotransmitters’ role in behavior.

  • Describe the role of pharmakinetics on neurotransmission.

  • Explain the temporary and lasting effects of pharmaceutical drugs on the brain. 

Neurophysiology of Vision, Audition, and Motor Control

  • Describe the physiology of the visual, auditory, and motor pathways.

  • Explain common neurological disorders that interrupt vision, hearing, and motor control.

  • Explain the nature of sensation and perception as they apply to the five senses.

  • Evaluate the relationship between sensation, perception, and consciousness.

Learning, Memory, and Emotions

  • Explain the neurophysiology of learning and memory pathways.

  • Examine the relationship between learning and memory.

  • Examine the relationship between memory and emotions.

  • Analyze the effects of stress on memory and emotions.

The Nature of Neurological and Psychological Disorders

  • Analyze the neurophysiological underpinnings of diseases and disorders. 

  • Discuss the behavioral symptoms associated with neurological, psychological, or neurodevelopmental disorders.

  • Evaluate cognitive and pharmacological therapies used to treat neurological, psychological, or neurodevelopmental disorders.

  • Examine contemporary attitudes toward psychopharmacology in treating neurophysiological disorders.

Psychopharmacology and Drug Abuse

  • Examine the structural and functional effects of drug use on neurophysiology and neurochemistry.

  • Describe the neurological mechanisms involved in addictive behavior.

  • Describe therapies used to treat substance abuse disorders.

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