An Introduction to Brain and Behaviour

Overview

This day school is an introduction to the brain. It presents the main topics of neuroscience. Biological theories are discussed in the context of psychology, covering basic brain neuroanatomy and linking it to human behaviour and mind functions such as learning, memory, emotion, motivation, eating and sleeping, as well as psychological dysfunction and disorders such as amnesia, and mood disorders.

The day is intended to provide an introduction to the field of biological psychology to non-psychologists. It aims to familiarise students with general principles in biological psychology so that they can apply various approaches in order to better understand themselves and others. The day school will give students a better understanding of the topic of biological psychology, it will help students to understand the influence of these theories upon both normal and abnormal behaviour, and it will provide students with the basic tools for appropriate evaluation of biological theories.

Programme details

10:00-11.15  This is your brain: an introduction to neurons, neurotransmitters & brain structure

11:35-13:00 The development of thought: From infancy to adulthood

14:00-15:15 Eating & drinking, sleeping & sex: Emotion and motivation

15:45-17:00 When it goes wrong: Psychological disorders, tumours, and disease

Fees

Description Costs
Standard course fee £80.00

Tutor

Dr Anna Scarna

Tutor

Dr Anna Scarnà is a psychologist and has worked as a university lecturer in for several years. She is interested in attention, memory, and language function, personality traits, and psychological disorders. Her research has been on non-drug treatments for mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, and autism in females. Most recently, her work has been on wellbeing.

Application

Please use the 'Book' or 'Apply' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

IT requirements

The University of Oxford uses Microsoft Teams for our learning environment, where students and tutors will discuss and interact in real time. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

If you have not used the Microsoft Teams app before, once you click the joining link you will be invited to download it (this is free). Once you have downloaded the app, please test before the start of your course. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you will also be offered the option of connecting using a web browser. If you connect via a web browser, Chrome is recommended.