Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Joanne Fielding


The Neuroscience of Cognition and Behavior focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms responsible for human cognition and behavior, with a particular focus on understanding leading methodology and technologies employed in brain-behaviour relationships. By exploring brain-behaviour interactions through an in-depth examination of a selection of cognitive abilities and behaviours, this unit will guide students to establish an understanding of the mechanisms behind memory processes, sleep, perception and other fundamental human behaviours. Technologies utilized by neuroscientists, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, and eye tracking will be considered during the course of this unit.


On completion of this unit, subjects will have acquired an understanding of:

  1. Advanced knowledge on issues underpinning the relationship between brain processes and cognition and behavior, including
a. Perceptual processing
b. Mechanisms affecting sleep and circadian rhythmicity.
c. Memory storage and retrieval

  1. Contemporary research and theoretical issues in key areas of neuroscience

  1. A range of research tools and paradigms used within different domains of neuroscientific research.

  1. Developed skills relating to research design and analysis of neuroscientific technologies that are incorporated across the undergraduate psychology program.


Poster - 20%
On-line quizzes - 20%
Examination - 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Joanne Fielding

Contact hours

One x 2 hour lectures each week and online workshops every fortnight.




BNS3021, BNS3052, BNS 3062