The aim of this course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of the biological basis of behavior. After successfully completing this class, students are expected to have understood 1) the basic principles of the nervous system’s functioning and neural communication, 2) the way physical information (sensory experience) is transformed into neural signals and subsequently processed by the brain creating the perception of vision, sound, taste, smell, touch and pain.
Course Content (Syllabus)
Scope of biological psychology and its relation to other disciplines of psychology. The history of research on the brain and behavior. General layout of the nervous system. The major structures of the brain and functions they mediate. Types of cells of the nervous system, generation and transmission of neural signals. Principles of sensory system organization. Mechanisms of perception: vision, hearing, chemical senses (taste and smell), somatosensation (touch and pain).