PSY 540 Physiological Psychology

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PSY 540 Physiological Psychology

3 Semester Units

Physiological psychology offers an introductory survey of physiological processes underlying behavior, with an emphasis on the impact physiological psychology has within the larger realm of psychology. Contemporary research in the role of hormonal and neurotransmitter influences in behavior are discussed to help students gain a solid understanding of the biological influences which effect and determine behavior.

Course Objectives


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Evaluate the nature of physiological psychology and the goals of research.
  • Examine the evolution of the human species and a large brain.
  • Assess the value of research with animals and ethical issues concerning their care.
  • Compare research techniques to identify genetic factors that may influence behavior.
  • Analyze the behavioral, autonomic, and hormonal components of an emotional response and the role of the amygdala in controlling them.
  • Examine psychoneuroimmunology and the interactions between the immune system and stress.



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