Physiological Psychology 3H PSYCH4065

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This module provides a broad-based understanding of classic and contemporary theory and research in the Physiological Psychology.


Fortnightly 1 hour timetabled on-campus lectures.

Fortnightly online delivery asynchronous materials.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Honours Psychology is guaranteed by a B2 average over Psychology 2A and 2B. To enter level 4 honours, a satisfactory performance in level 3 honours is required as well as the fulfilment of College regulations

Excluded Courses



Examination 100% you will answer 1 question from a choice of 3

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course provides a broad-based understanding of classic and contemporary theory and research in Physiological Psychology including, the development of the nervous system; the biological basis of human and non-human animal behaviour, typical and atypical neuropsychology; evolutionary theories of behaviour; the roles of hormones, genetics and epigenetics in behaviour; critical evaluation of cognitive neuroimaging techniques.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Discuss how the structural components of neurones contribute to cellular communication and human and non-human animal behaviour

■ Using evidence from typical and atypical neuropsychology, critically consider how brain regions and networks are specialised and contribute to the biological basis of behaviour.

■ Evaluate how biological theories (e.g., natural selection, sexual selection, inclusive fitness) can inform questions about both human and non-human animal behaviour

■ Evaluate the evidence for genetic and hormonal influences on behaviour

■ Discuss the use of specific techniques to solve a given problem in cognitive neuroscience

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment