2 x 50-minute lectures weekly
1 x 2-hour practical fortnightly
^ = may be enrolled concurrently
1 Admission into BPSG-Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry)
1a Admission into BPSGFP-Bachelor of Psychological Studies (Graduate Entry) - City Campus
2 13.5 units from any second year PSYC topics
3 ^ PSYC2020 - Cognition and Learning
4 Admission into BHSPS-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology)
4a ^ PSYC2018 - Research Methods 2
4b Admission into BHSPSFP-Bachelor of Health Sciences (Psychology) - City Campus
4c Admission into BHSFP-Bachelor of Health Sciences - City Campus
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a)) or (2)) and (3 and (4 or 4a or 4b or 4c))
Enrolment not permitted
1 of PSYC3036, PSYC3039 has been successfully completed
Assumed knowledge
Second year undergraduate level knowledge of biological psychology, cognition and learning.
Topic description

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.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Develop a thorough understanding of the relationship between the physiological, behavioural, and cognitive elements of sleep and wakeful functioning
  • Review the variety of ways in which we can now measure and observe brain function directly
  • Show how an understanding of these processes can lead to effective therapies of some common sleep disorders and psychopathological conditions
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Evaluate key theories, methods, and findings across a range of research areas, including laterality, attention, and behavioural genomics
  2. Critically evaluate current evidence and methods, and interpretation and integration of novel data
  3. Present theory, method, and findings, in the area of the mind, brain, and behaviour