PSY458 Fundamental Neuroscience

Faculty of Social Studies
Spring 2017
Extent and Intensity
1/0/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
doc. MUDr. Robert Roman, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. MUDr. Robert Roman, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
each even Tuesday 18:45–20:15 P51 Posluchárna V. Čermáka
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
Course is a follow-up of "Human physiology" and focuses on structure and functioning of central and peripheral nervous system. At the end of the course students should be able to explain neurophysiological mechanisms of perception, information processing, movement, memory and learning, behaviour, motivational systems, emotions and feelings. Student will understand that defense behaviour and stress response are important factors in aetiology of psychosomatic diseases. The knowledge student can utilize later during studies of clinical psychology and psychotherapy.
  • 1) Brain and behavior, environment of the neuron. Synapse.
  • 2) Information processing in the nervous system.
  • 3) Physiology of sensory organs. Somatosensory system.
  • 4) Motor system. Autonomic system.
  • 5) Learning and memory. Language. Functional asymmetry of the hemispheres
  • 6) Arousal mechanisms, sleep. Modulatory systems of the brain. Limbic forebrain and motivation.
  • 7) Implicit and explicit emotion processes.
    recommended literature
  • Neuroscience. Edited by Dale Purves. 4th ed. Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer, 2008. xvii, 857. ISBN 9780878936977. info
Teaching methods
lectures, self-study
Assessment methods
Fundamental Neuroscience course is terminated by a written test: the students write answers to 3 questions within one hour. Every question will be graded A-F. To pass the exam, student must obtain at least grade E in each evaluated question. In the last part of the test student is required to draw selected anatomical structures into schemas of the brain.
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Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Listed among pre-requisites of other courses
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2002, Autumn 2003, Autumn 2004, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006, Spring 2018, Spring 2019.
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