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Introduction to Psychology: Biological Psychology

Understand the link between behaviour and human biology, and learn how genes and the environment influence our behaviour.

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Introduction to Psychology: Biological Psychology
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study6 hours
  • Digital upgradeFree

Explore the intriguing world of biological psychology

On this course, you’ll explore a fascinating branch of psychology, which looks at the connection between behaviour and human biological functions, in particular, the nervous system.

You’ll examine the role that genetics, heredity, genetic disorders, the nervous system and the brain and spinal cord plays in shaping our bodies and behaviour.

You’ll also investigate the role that neurotransmitters and heritable diseases play in our behaviour and you’ll leave the course with your own unique perspectives on some of the most biological psychology research.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds MATTHEW MUNDY: What is the connection between behavior and human biological function in our nervous system? Is it nature or is it nurture? Just how do our genes and the environment shape our behavior? Hi I’m Matthew Mundy and I’m the Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University in Australia. In this course, you’ll explore the intriguing world of ‘Biological psychology’. You’ll be introduced to genetics, and learn about heredity and genetic disorders, the nervous system, the brain and spinal cord and examine the important contribution these components make to our bodies and behaviour.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds We’ll also investigate the role that neurotransmitters and heritable diseases play in our behaviour and learn about some of the most recent advances made in this fascinating branch of psychology. This introductory course is designed for everyone, regardless of experience or background. No prior study of psychology is required or expected. So if you want to learn more about the connection between behavior and human biological functions, by a School of Psychological Sciences that’s ranked among the best in the world. Then I encourage you to join us in this course.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to genetics
  • Heredity and genetic disorders
  • Specific genetic disorders
  • The nervous system
  • The brain and spinal cord

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explore the role of genes in normal behaviour.
  • Interpret examples of heritable diseases affecting behaviour (e.g. Fragile X syndrome).
  • Assess the critical importance of the environment in shaping behaviour.
  • Identify the major divisions of the nervous system and major neural systems.
  • Identify neural system cell types and describe their functions, including how resting potential becomes an action potential.
  • Compare the role of synapses in communication within the nervous system.
  • Explain the roles of neurotransmitters in behaviour.
  • Identify the endocrine system, the major glands and the role of hormones in regulating bodily functions.

Who is the course for?

This introductory course is for anyone interested in psychology - you don’t need any past experience.

It might be of particular use to learners who have already completed a Bachelor degree in other disciplines who are interested in expanding their science and research skills.

Who will you learn with?

I am Associate Professor and Director of Education for the School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University, Australia. My research is in the cognitive neuroscience of memory and perception.

Who developed the course?

Monash University

Monash University is one of Australia’s leading universities, ranked in the world’s top 1% by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. It was established in Melbourne in 1958.

  • Established1958
  • LocationMelbourne, Australia
  • World rankingTop 80Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019

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Monash University are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible