25% In class exercises
Note that the evolution lectures below are important for general theory in psychology. Many psychological mechanisms you will study have a genetic basis, and can be understood in terms of evolution by natural selection (i.e. helping survival and reproduction).
In Class Exercises
In lectures 1 and 2 we introduced the idea of the information processing unit in the brain – the neuron – and how it functions to encode information (e.g. memories, knowledge, skills) in different patterns of activation in neural circuits. We did exercises in which input neuron ones and zeros (electrically active and inactive neurons) mapped to output neurons ones and zeros (electrically active and inactive neurons). The functions mapping inputs to outputs, via either excitatory or inhibitory neurotransmitters at the synapses, is how information is encoded in your brain.
Homeworks will be assigned in Moodle (GAU e-learning) which you can sign onto and find the course (Psy 105) in here.