The topics covered include basic cell biology, principles of neural communication, regulation of gene expression, protein synthesis, and human neuroanatomy. The involvement of these and other cell biological processes in control of behaviour will be illustrated. We start with a review of the historical view of biology in psychology - the mind /brain problem- leading on to an introduction to comparative psychology and the evolution of behaviour. We then move on to discuss human evolution and the function of the human brain. We describe the different cell types in the brain and their role in the development and function of neural circuits - in the context of the control of emotional, cognitive and motor behaviour. We incorporate a clinical perspective, with examples showing students what happens when common cell biological and neuronal processes malfunction.

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