This course is designed to expose you to the underlying physiological mechanisms of behavior. Physiological psychology is a complex but fascinating field of study. It explores the relationship between our biological systems and behavior. Structure and function of the nervous system from the neuron to the brain, as well as the interrelationships between the brain and such behaviors as eating, sleeping, learning, memory, emotion, and mental disorders will be discussed using examples from the behavior of both humans and lower organisms.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
This course has a prerequisite. Please see details in the Prerequisite section below.
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Topics and Objectives
Introduction to Biological Psychology
- Identify the components of genetics.
- Explain the effects of heritability on behavior.
- Identify the major structures and functions of the brain.
Neural Conduction and Plasticity
- Describe the stages of neural conduction and synaptic transmissions.
- Describe the role of primary neurotransmitters in brain function and behavior.
- Explain the role of neurotransmitters in mental disorders.
- Explain the function of neural plasticity.
Sensory and Motor Systems
- Identify the major structures of the central and peripheral nervous systems.
- Identify the neurological structures and functions of the five senses.
- Explain how the brain processes and interprets sensory information.
- Analyze the changes in the nervous system resulting from damage to structures controlling one of the five senses.
Regulatory Processes and Behaviors
- Explain the neurological involvement in a specific regulatory behavior.
- Describe the effects of emotions on regulatory behaviors.
- Evaluate the relationship between hormones and behavior.
- Describe the influence of sleep on optimal functioning.
Learning, Memory, and Cognition
- Illustrate the neurological components of learning and memory.
- Identify the factors that can influence the processes of learning, memory, cognition, and behavior.
- Analyze the role of brain lateralization on language.
A prerequisite is required for this course. The purpose of a prerequisite is to ensure students have the knowledge and/or skills needed to be successful in the course. Students are required to provide proof of prerequisite during the enrollment/registration process. To meet to a course prerequisite requirement, a student must have successfully completed the prerequisite course at University of Phoenix, provide proof via transcript of completing a comparable course (at least 75% match) or higher level course with at least a grade of C at another institution or have a University of Phoenix approved Student Appeal on file with the University.
This course requires the prerequisite below. Click on the prerequisite course to review the course topics and objectives.
PSY/203 - Foundations of Psychology or equivalent
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