This course will teach students on biological systems and processes which form the basis for psychological conditions.
In the first part, the course focuses on basic human physiology. We start at the lowest level; DNA, and work our way up in gradually increasing complexity such as development, the endocrine system, homeostasis, and the immune system. The second part is on “Sex, drugs, and Rock’n’roll”, and deals with the biology of sex, psychopharmaca and drugs, emotions, and social interactions. Finally, specific topics on psychophysiology, and the biology of stress, anxiety, and depression will be discussed.
- Students acquire knowledge and understanding of biological systems and processes including (but not limited to) genetics and heritability, development, the endocrine system, homeostasis and the immune system.
- Students are able to explain and apply the biological systems and processes to regular functioning including (but not limited to) sex, stress, (psycho)pharmaca, drugs, cardiovascular system, emotions and social interactions.
- Students are able to explain and apply the biological systems and processes to psychological and somatic conditions including (but not limited to) addiction, cardiovascular disease, stress, anxiety, and depression.
The course comprises 13 frontal lectures and 3 practical sessions.
Part 1: Basic biology
The first part of this course comprises five “basic” lectures on biological topics of genes and heredity, development, the endocrine system, homeostasis, and the immune system.
Part 2: Sex & Drugs & Rock’n’roll
Part 2 consists of lectures thematically focused on “Sex & Drugs & Rock’n’roll”, which includes the biology of sex, drugs and psychopharmaca, as well as emotions and social interactions.
Part 3: Specific Psychophysiology
The final part are lectures on psychophysiology, and the role of stress and psychobiology of anxiety and depression.
During the three practical sessions, topics from the lectures are being discussed, which requires an active role for each student.
Type of instructions
Lectures and workgroups
The workgroups are NOT compulsory.
Type of exams
- Chris Chandler, Psychobiology, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, ISBN 978-1-4051-8743-5.
- Additional scientific articles as described in the syllabus (more information on blackboard)