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Brain chemistry and behaviour (6 points)


Leader: Associate Professor Alan Lill

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit examines how human behaviour is influenced by brain chemistry. It addresses the symbiotic relationship between brain cells, the nature of synaptic communication, and the membrane receptors and intracellular processes that underpin this communication. The ways that the brain uses chemicals to influence bodily functions such as homeostasis, growth and reproduction are reviewed. The last part of the unit examines how chemicals released by bodily organs modulate brain function and behaviour, particularly during stress, aggression and sexual behaviour.

Assessment: Mid-semester Examination (short answer and or/MCQ, 1.5 hours): 35% + End of semester Examination (short answer and/or MCQ, 2 hours): 40% + Five written practical reports (500 words each): 25%

Prerequisites: BMS1052 or PHY2011 or equivalent by permission.

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