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Mind, Brain & Behaviour 1 provides an introduction to how we uniquely sense and perceive our world to construct our own internal psychological experience. The subject explores how we learn, think, remember, and operate within our constructed worlds; and explains the neural mechanisms that underpin psychological processes and experiences.
The subject is designed to raise significant questions, prompting students to think about their own individual experiences and the experience of others. Students are introduced to the tools used in psychology to find answers to these questions. A common research-centred framework is adopted, and the methodological and statistical tools that support this framework are introduced and developed as an integral part of the subject.
The subject comprises 4 topic areas: Behavioural Neuroscience; Sensation and Perception; Learning and Cognition; and Psychological Research Methods.
Intended learning outcomes
On completion of this subject, students should demonstrate a broad understanding of:
- The fundamental principles of behavioural neuroscience, including the structure and function of the nervous system;
- The mechanisms underpinning human sensation and perception;
- Psychological research methods;
- Cognitive processes of learning and memory;
- Psychologically informed approaches to maintaining wellbeing and mental health in the context of tertiary study.
On completion of this subject, students should demonstrate skills in:
- Psychological research methods, including research design, data analysis, and operation of SPSS – a statistical software package for social sciences;
- Argument formation and logical reasoning in relation to psychological theories;
- Research project proposal writing;
- The critical evaluation of psychological literature;
- Maintenance of wellbeing in the context of tertiary study.
Application of Knowledge and Skills
On completion of this subject, students should be able to apply their knowledge and skills to:
- Critically evaluate psychological literature and utilise research design and data analysis skills to communicate the outcomes of a psychological investigation.
On completion of Mind, Brain & Behaviour 1 students should be able to:
- Give and receive constructive feedback;
- Work effectively in teams;
- Promote and maintain the wellbeing of self and others;
- Apply research and analytical skills to investigate and evaluate new issues.
Last updated: 14 February 2020