PSY10060 Brain and Behaviour

Academic Year 2022/2023

Ever wondered what makes you 'tick'? This module provides an introduction to the relationship between brain and behaviour. Although it is a biologically-based course, it does not assume a background in biology or other sciences, and students will be provided with an introduction to the main approaches in cognitive neuroscience. Students will gain an understanding of how the brain is involved in everything we do, whether it be sleeping, learning, or feeling pain.

Throughout the course, case studies will be presented to help show the link between brain and behaviour and to explain clinical disorders and real-life problems that neuroscientists and psychologists study. The goal is to demonstrate that the link between brain and behaviour is important for students who are considering further study in psychology, neuroscience, or other biological or health-related areas, but it is also of interest to any student with a general interest in behaviour.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Demonstrate knowledge of the major functions of a range of brain areas. Describe the relationship between the brain and behaviour in typical functioning and in clinical disorders.

Indicative Module Content:

The brain and the nervous system

The big questions in affective, behavioural and cognitive neuroscience

How the brain interacts with the world
- sensation and perception
- the motor system

Higher levels of interaction
-Attention and consciousness

Motivated behaviours
-decision making
-social perception & cognition

Disorders of brain and behaviour
- traumatic brain injury
- neurodegenerative disorders

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning






Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The teaching and learning approach adopted in this module will be a combination of formal lectures and interactive class activities including case studies. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY10010 - Developmental&Biol Psychology

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): MCQ and short answer questions worth 30% Week 4 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: In small groups, students will engage in a clinical neuropsychology case study reviews.
Evidence of engagement in the tasks and group contribution will be evaluated.
Varies over the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire (Short): Online MCQ and short answer question Week 11 n/a Alternative linear conversion grade scale 40% No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Online automated feedback
• Peer review activities
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback for the online MCQ's in week 4 and 11 will be automated. Students will receive feedback in Brightspace with respect to what questions they did not answer correctly. The group case study assessment is a peer review activity where students will reflect on your own contributions (self - assessment) and your team members.

Kolb B, Whishaw IQ, Teskey GC. An introduction to brain and Behavior. 6th ed. New York: Worth Publishers; 2019.
Brain Facts: A primer on the brain and nervous system.

Garrett B, Hough G. Brain & Behavior: an introduction to behavioral neuroscience. 5th ed. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc; 2018.
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Mon 13:00 - 13:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Wed 13:00 - 13:50