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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY3059 Module Title: SEX, DRUGS AND NEUROSCIENCE
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PSY3059
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: MCNAMARA A Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
All level 3 Psychology and APS students.
Assessment Pattern
1) 2000 word coursework essay [25%]
2) in class written coursework assessment [25%]
3) 1 hour examination [50%]
Module Overview
All level 2 psychology modules.
Module Aims
To understand the behavioural impact of drugs and hormones upon the brain.
Learning Outcomes
Students will have a general understanding of the main monoamine neurotransmitter systems and hormones roles in modulating human behaviour. Students will learn to integrate information from varying streams of research at different levels of neuroscience (molecular to cognitive) and psychology which address similar issues.
Module Content
To include :
Neurotransmitter systems & the drugs (clinical and non-clinical) that interact with them.
Neurotransmitters systems and how they influence behaviour.
Depression, schizophrenia, ADHD, PTSD & eating disorders from a psychopharmacological perspective.
The sex hormones and how they influence behaviour.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Mixed method approach utilizing straight lectures and more interactive group-work sessions. i.e., Groups will be given a number of abstracts on a single issue from highly valid research methods (electrophysiology / genetic / psychology) and learn to extract key information to rapidly form a coherent picture of current knowledge in a given area of research.
Selected Texts/Journals
Reading : to be provided.

Journals : 
Include :
Current Biology
Nature Neuroscience
Nature Reviews - Neuroscience
Psychological Science
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Trends in Neurosciences
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