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Title: Lecture 1 Biopsychology


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Lecture 1 What is Biopsychology? 1.
Introductions 2. What is biopsychology? 3. The
human brain A first look 4. Your first
geography lesson
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Who am I?
David Carey William Guild
Bldg, G-13 (past main office) d.carey_at_abdn.ac.uk
http//www.abdn.ac.uk/psy180/dept/

Aims of the course 1. Learn to identify rough
subdivisions of the brain, and start to develop
ideas about what those bits DO 2. Gain
understanding of brain processes related to
sensing, perceiving, moving, speaking and
thinking
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  • Your responsibilities
  • Try to LISTEN to what I say while you take notes
    on what Ive just SAID.
  • Dont write down every word I say
    (as...you...write ...down...every...word...on...th
    is slide....)
  • 2. Come on time please
  • 3. Read the relevant sections of your textbook
    NOW, not the day before the exam. Read your
    HANDBOOK.
  • 4. Study! The 40 hour/week model

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Study! The 40 hour/week model Typical 1st
year student 12 hours of lectures
8 hours of practicals ---- 20
hours Leaving 20 hours/week for library work,
photocopying, revision etc.
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Readings Carlson et al. (2004 2000) Chapter 4
Psychobiology and neuroscience Chapter 3 The
development of evolutionary theory pgs. 72-79
and Sociobiology pgs. 93-104 Chapter 5
Sensation pp. 154-180 Chapter 6
Perception Chapter 10 Language pp. 388-404 also
can look at Kolb and Whishaw (1996) Gazzaniga et
al. (1998) Springer and Deutsch (1998)
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Use WebCT to get lectures or Bookmark my
Biological Psychology page Go to Psych home
page? People? David Carey? W Homepage? Click
here for Biological Psychology slides Then right
click emeither the full monty or the text only
versions…
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read for yourself in Nature 437(7058) Sept 22
2005
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Biopsychology - the branch of psychology which
investigates the relationships between brain and
behaviour Neuropsychologists tend to study
human brain-behaviour relationships (although we
often refer to data gathered from non-human
animals)
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The nervous system Peripheral nervous system
(PNS) - all of the nervous system which isnt
encased in bone Central nervous system (CNS) -
all of the nervous system which is (brain and
spinal cord)
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Anatomical terms Directions
Dorsal-ventral Anterior-posterior
Lateral-medial Rostral-caudal Sections
Coronal Sagittal (Parasagittal) Horizontal
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Views of the Brain
Lateral
Medial
Dorsal
Ventral
Anatomical Orientation
Dorsal
Posterior
Anterior
Lateral
Medial
Lateral
Superior
Inferior
Ventral
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Anatomical terms (Contd) Lobes Frontal
Parietal Temporal Occipital
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Gross divisions of the brain Hindbrain - the
continuation of the spinal cord the medulla
oblongata, pons and cerebellum Midbrain -
various bits in the middle, including the
superior colliculus, substantia nigra Forebrain
- thalamus, hypothalamus, cerebrum (which
includes the striatum, hippocampus and the
cerebral cortex)
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Next week Lecture 2 Early thoughts on the
brain, and an intro to the wet bits
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