Course plan

Syllabus Psychology BA (B), Biological Psychology and Psychophysiology , 7,5 credits

General data

  • Code: PS095G
  • Subject/Main field: Psykologi
  • Cycle: First cycle
  • Progression: (B)
  • Credits: 7.5
  • Progressive specialization: G1F - First cycle, has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
  • Answerable department: Psychology
  • Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
  • Established: 9/22/2008
  • Date of change: 9/30/2016
  • Version valid from: 8/28/2017


The main aim of the course is to provide a biological perspective on perception, cognition, emotion, and learning. The physiological and biological basis is described, with respect to the psychological processes mentioned above. Furthermore, the course aims to provide an overview of the biological processes of everyday life, as well as working life. The starting point is the mutual relationship present when the brain interacts with its environment. The course also provides an introduction to psychophysiology and psychophysiological methods for measuring human psychological aspects.

Course objectives

On completion of this course students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
- describe the functional interacting physiological systems forming the base of perception, cognition, emotion and learning.
- demonstrate in-depth knowledge in at least one biopsychological area, and the ability to identify reciprocal brain-environment relationships in everyday life, as well as working life.
- assimilate research within the field on a basic level.

Competence and skills
- recognize and describe some measurement methods utilized in psychophysiological research and apply these in practice, in the laboratory.

Judgement and approach
- discuss the relationship between learning, nature and nurture, with emphasis on the plasticity of the brain.


The structure and organisation of the central nervous system and the brain; the interaction between different systems in the central nervous system and the rest of the body, for example, during stress; the interplay between genes and the environment with emphasis on brain plasticity. The course includes practical work in the psychology laboratory in order to give students first-hand experience of practicing psychophysiological measurements. In one course module the students are expected to search for current research and utilize and summarize a study in the field.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching forms include lectures, seminars, and laboratory sessions.

Examination form

Written and oral examination, and active participation in the compulsory modules.

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

  • Author: Hugdahl, K.
  • Title: Psychophysiology. The Mind-body Perspective.
  • Ort: Cambridge, Mass
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition
  • Author: Breedlove, S.M., & Watson, N.V.
  • Title: Biological Psychology. An Introduction to Behavioral, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience.
  • Publisher: Sinauer Associates Inc., U.S.
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition

Reference literature

  • Author: Cacioppo, T.J., Tassinary, G.L., & Berntson, G.G.
  • Title: Handbook of Psychophysiology.
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition
Swe: Till referenslitteraturen hör även samtlig litteratur som ingår i kursen, Perception, kognition, emotion och inlärning. Till ovan kurslitteratur tillkommer aktuella forskningsartiklar.

Eng: Articles and compendium will be added as specified by the teacher and study guide.
Other information
Attendance at course seminars, groups work and practicals is compulsory. Students not meeting the requirement of compulsory attendance will be given opportunity make up the work missed during the following year or the next time the course is offered.
All undervisning är examinationsgrundande och seminarier, gruppövningar och laborationer är obligatoriska. Student som ej uppfyller krav om obligatorisk närvaro kan ges möjlighet att komplettera detta under det följande året eller vid nästkommande tillfälle som kursen ges.