Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Psychological Sciences


Associate Professor Joanne Fielding


Not offered in 2016


The Neuroscience of Cognition and Behavior focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms responsible for human cognition and behavior, with a particular focus on understanding leading methodology and technologies employed in brain-behaviour relationships. By exploring brain-behaviour interactions through an in-depth examination of a selection of cognitive abilities and behaviours, this unit will guide students to establish an understanding of the mechanisms behind memory processes, sleep, perception and other fundamental human behaviours. Technologies utilized by neuroscientists, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, and eye tracking will be considered during the course of this unit.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will have acquired an advanced understanding of:

  1. Issues underpinning the relationship between brain processes and cognition and behavior, including

a. Perceptual processing

b. Mechanisms affecting sleep and circadian rhythmicity

c. Memory storage and retrieval

  1. Contemporary research and theoretical issues in key areas of neuroscience.
  2. The range of research tools and paradigms used within different domains of neuroscientific research including the characterisation of neurological disease.


Poster (20%)
Online quizzes (20%)
Powerpoint presentation (10%)
Examination (50%)

Hurdle: Students must pass the examination to achieve a pass for this unit.

Workload requirements

One x 2 hour lectures each week and online workshops every fortnight.

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Chief examiner(s)

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