Biological Psychology (UM)


Course Objective

Gain insight into the structure and function of the nervous system and
the role of the nervous system in (ab) normal behavior.

Course Content

Concepts from biology relevant to the processes studied in psychology.
The structure and organization of the central and peripheral nervous
system, neurotransmission, psychotropic drugs and the biological
mechanisms underlying perception, motor skills, emotions and the higher
cognitive functions (memory, speech, consciousness) are discussed. The
lectures also deal with neurological disorders (Parkinson's, Broca's
aphasia, Alzheimer's, etc.) and the biology of behavioral disorders
(sleep disorders, psychoses, anxiety, depression, addiction).

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment



Carlson and Birkett - Physiology of Behavior
(12th Ed). Pearson. Available at the VU bookstore

General Information

Course Code P_UBIOPSY
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 200
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator dr. D. van t Ent
Examiner dr. D. van t Ent
Teaching Staff dr. D. van t Ent

Practical Information

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Teaching Methods Lecture
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