Add to your knowledge of biopsychology with this advanced course

This course complements Biopsychology I. It recaps on some elements of Biopsychology I such as research methods when investigating the brain and behaviour, but goes into greater depth in areas like language and memory systems.

It also has an emphasis on brain damage and how different types of damage can help us to understand brain functioning and behaviour. 

Although it complements our Biopsychology I course, this course can be taken as a stand-alone course by those with an interest in this area or who have taken some previous studies in related fields. Those who study both Biopsychology courses will feel that they have a thorough grounding in nervous system anatomy and the functioning of different brain centres. 



Discover complex mind-brain relationships

This course will appeal to people who have a desire to know more about how are thinking and cognitive faculties are related to our brain and nervous system and the various physiological and chemical processes they regulate. It seeks to answer the following questions among others:

What are some common causes of brain damage? How does damage to different parts of the brain affect behaviour? How is it possible to recover from brain damage? What effects do different types of drugs have on the brain and behaviour? How do we remember information? What are the main causes of amnesia? How do we process language? What happens if you have a language disorder?

Learn about research into complex brain processes such as memory and language systems, and the effects of brain damage and other factors on those processes.   


Take your learning to a new level

  • Take your knowledge of biopsychology to the next level
  • Build on what you learnt in Biopsychology I
  • Expand your knowledge of human thinking and behaviour


Course Structure

This course is divided into seven lessons as follows:

  1. Evolution, genetics and experience
  2. Research methods in biopsychology
  3. Brain damage
  4. Recovery from brain damage
  5. Drug dependence and the brain
  6. Memory
  7. Language


Duration: 100 hours



  • To understand how evolution, genetics and experience influence behaviour and individual differences.
  • To discuss methods of research used to understand the functioning of the nervous system and behaviour.
  • To explain different causes of brain damage and the resultant effects on brain functioning.
  • To understand neuro-plasticity from the perspective of development, learning and recovery from brain damage.
  • To delineate the effects of drugs on the CNS and to explain biopsychological theories of addiction and reward systems in the brain.
  • To describe memory structures in the brain, theories of memory storage and evidence from different types of amnesia.
  • To describe different models of language localisation and to evaluate evidence for these models.


How This Course Could Help You

This course may be studied by itself or as part of a certificate or higher level course. The course will be of most value to those with an interest in:

  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Biological sciences
  • Health sciences
  • Health professions


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