Understand the link between behaviour and human biology, and learn how genes and the environment influence our behaviour. On this course, you’ll explore a fascinating branch of psychology, which looks at the connection between behaviour and human biological functions, in particular, the nervous system.
You’ll examine the role that genetics, heredity, genetic disorders, the nervous system and the brain and spinal cord plays in shaping our bodies and behaviour.
You’ll also investigate the role that neurotransmitters and heritable diseases play in our behaviour and you’ll leave the course with your own unique perspectives on some of the most biological psychology research.
This course is part of the Introduction to Psychology program, which will enable you to explore psychology with the option to start a Graduate Diploma in psychology.
What topics will you cover?
– Introduction to genetics
– Heredity and genetic disorders
– Specific genetic disorders
– The nervous system
– The brain and spinal cord
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you’ll be able to…
– Explore the role of genes in normal behaviour.
– Interpret examples of heritable diseases affecting behaviour (e.g. Fragile X syndrome).
– Assess the critical importance of the environment in shaping behaviour.
– Identify the major divisions of the nervous system and major neural systems.
– Identify neural system cell types and describe their functions, including how resting potential becomes an action potential.
– Compare the role of synapses in communication within the nervous system.
– Explain the roles of neurotransmitters in behaviour.
– Identify the endocrine system, the major glands and the role of hormones in regulating bodily functions.
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