Biological Bases of Behaviour III

Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Biological Bases of Behaviour III

  • Host University

    Universidad de Deusto - Bilbao

  • Location

    Bilbao, Spain

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    High Advanced

  • Prerequisites

    Students are expected to have acquired the competences trained in Biological Bases of Behaviour I and II.

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    The main role of a psychologist is to understand and predict human behaviour. This subject provides students with an insight into Basic Motivators and Emotions, their general features, determining variables, and particularly, the Psychobiological Processes involved. Understanding these processes and others related to them, will promote professional development in any of the applied fields of Psychology.


    Subject competencies

    Generic competence: GC1: LEARNING ORIENTATION:

    to incorporate the learning proposed by the lecturer, actively endeavouring to understand and assimilate what is taught. Strategically and flexibly utilising learning in accordance with objectives, based on recognition of how one learns and on awareness of learning per se (relating new information to previous mental schema and utilising the new schema generated).


    Specific competences:

    SC1: To assess peripheral physiological responses triggered by a laboratory experimental situation, applying the specific knowledge about methodology and data collection on this discipline.

    SC2: To appreciate multidisciplinary work as enriching and complementary, applying in the design of assessment and intervention strategies the perspective of any discipline related with biopsychology.

    SC3: To design assessment and intervention strategies based on physiological mechanisms that underlie the main biopsychological variables. 


    Course content

    Unit 1: Physiological psychology and psychophysiology - Defining characteristics - Differences in terms of methods, subjects and variables - The physiological recording

    Unit 2: PAIN - Different approaches of pain - Ascending and descending pain pathways - Pain diagnosis and treatment

    Unit 3: Thirst and intake behavior - Thirst control - Intake behavior regulation - Anorexia and bulimia nervosa

    Unit 4: sexual behavior mechanisms of control - Neuroendocrine system: sexual hormones regulation - Male and female sexual organs and characteristics development - Sexual and reproductive behavior - Sexual identity and orientation

    Unit 5: Sleep and dreaming - Sleep phases and circadian cycles - Sleep deprivation consequences

    Unit 6: Emotions - Emotional pattern responses - Communication of emotions - Feelings

    Unit 7: Drug addictions and Neurotransmitters

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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