This topic explores the relationship between the mind, brain, genes and psychological attributes, such as behaviour, cognition and sleep. Particular attention is devoted to the techniques of scientific investigation and how they are applied to discovering the interrelation between the mind, brain and genes. Evolutionary and developmental scenarios will be used to provide a context that will facilitate understanding of brain and cognitive functioning. The brain will also be considered in its normal state as well as disordered states following damage or disease. The topic comprises a number of more specific areas including some of the following: The structure and function of the brain in clinical and non-clinical populations, laterality, normal and disordered sleep, adolescent sleep, behavioural genetics and epigenetics.
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