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    Biological Psychology: Exploring the Brain
    PSYC A226
      More information: Course Guide
    Biological Psychology: Exploring the Brain
    Course Start Date
    Spr 2020
    Course Level
    Middle
    Length in Terms
    2 terms
    Credits
    10
    Language
    English
    Fees ($) (including lab fees)
    N/A
    Future Terms
    Spr 2021
    Course
    Start Date
    Course Level Length in Terms Credits
    Language
    Fees ($)
    (including lab fees)
    Future Terms
    Spr 2020
    Middle 2 terms 10
    English
    N/A
    Spr 2021

    Course Coordinator: Dr Leo Lie, BCogSc (HKU); MHCI (Carnegie Mellon University); PhD (HKU)

    Course Developer: The Open University, UK, Course Team

    Advisory prerequisite(s)
    You are advised to have already studied PSYC A212 / PSYC A212C.

    Aims
    This course aims to assist students to master the key concepts and theories in biological psychology, including: (a) the neural-anatomical and physiological bases of our behaviour, and the uniqueness of nervous systems from an anatomical and functional viewpoint; (b) linkage among genes, the nervous system and the environment in which our nervous systems develop; (c) the operations of our nervous, sensory and motor systems; and (d) complex functions of our nervous system such as learning and language use. The course also aims to familiarize students with the key techniques of studying the brain, and key issues so involved.

    Contents
    This course covers the following topics:

    • The building blocks of brain

    • The human nervous system

    • Understanding the mind

    • Cell biology and the brain

    • Neuronal communication

    • Sensation and movement

    • Biological bases of learning and language

    • Biological base of motivation and emotion

    Learning support
    To assist students to master biological psychology, there are (a) ten tutorials, each lasting for two hours; and (b) three day schools, each lasting for three hours.

    Assessment
    There are five assignments and a final examination.

    Set book(s)
    Set books are supplied to students.

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