Biopsychology - Introduction (I)

Mind over body is not always possible. The body also influences the mind and much of what we consider basic human behaviour.  Learn to describe ways in which human psychology and human physiology influence each other and our behaviour.

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Course Outline
Course Code: 
BPS108
Duration: 
100 hours - Access for 12 months
Delivery: 
Online
Certificate: 
Statement of achievement
Lesson Structure: 
  1. Introduction
  2. The senses
  3. The Nervous System
  4. The Endocrine System
  5. Stress
  6. Emotions
  7. Consciousness
  8. Project
Aims - the learning objectives of the course: 
  • Explain what is meant by the mind-body debate and consider various theories.
  • Explain how different people can perceive the same stimulus in different ways, due to biological differences between them.
  • Explain how the condition and functioning of the nervous system can affect the psychology of an individual.
  • Explain the function of sensory and motor neurons.
  • Explain the functioning of the cerebellum, the hypothalamus and the thalamus.
  • Identify which brain structures are present in the limbic system, and their main functions.
  • Explain how dopamine, norepinephrine and epinephrine act as neurotransmitters.
  • Explain how the condition and functioning of the endocrine system can affect the psychology of an individual.
  • Describe the relationship between psychological stress and the physical response of the body.
  • Discuss the relationship between emotions and the physical nature of the body.
  • Discuss the relationship between consciousness and the physical nature of the body.
  • Describe the effect of three psychoactive drugs on the Central Nervous System.
  • Explain how the autonomic nervous system works in terms of its sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions.