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Brain development and memory (6 points)


Leader: Dr Nikki Rickard

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

Synopsis: This unit examines the cellular, biochemical, genetic and environmental factors that influence the development of the brain and how these factors ultimately affect human behaviour. Emphasis will be placed on how perturbations of brain development can lead to abnormal behaviour. This unit examines the biochemical and cellular bases of human memory, and the biological factors that influence memory consolidation and retrieval. Attention will be drawn to the similarity of the processes that underpin memory and the developmental plasticity of the brain.

Assessment: Mid-semester examination (short answer and/or MCQ, 1.5 hour): 30% + End of semester examination (short answer and/or MCQ, 2 hour): 40% + Paper presentation in class: 10% + Written report (1000 words): 20%

Prerequisites: BMS1052 or PHY2011 or equivalent by permission

Prohibitions: PSY3102

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