Description of Individual Course Units
Course Unit CodeCourse Unit TitleType of Course UnitYear of StudySemesterNumber of ECTS Credits
707001312010PHYSIOLOGICAL PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN BEHAVIOUR ICompulsory115
Level of Course Unit
First Cycle
Objectives of the Course
This course aims to enable the students to perceive biological and physiological foundations of human behavior within framework of structure, function and behavior, in the context of the macro and micro homeostasis of the human as a bio-psycho-social entity, interpreting to the most extent, the evolutional and comparative implications, and referring to developmental and plasticity processes and organism / individual and environment interactions.
Name of Lecturer(s)
Prof. Dr. Ersin Oğuz Koylu
Learning Outcomes
1Be able to perceive the structural and functional foundations of behavior and the effects of behavior on the former in the human (being) within the framework of causality.
2Be able to comprehend the relations and the importance of interdependence among the disciplines such as physiology, biology, psychology and neuroscience.
3Be able to establish firmly the evolutional, species-comparable, and developmental perspectives in understanding behavior.
4Be able to comprehend the homeostatic significance of psycho-neuro-endocrino-immune interactions by presenting the most relevant instances.
5Be able to identify the structural basis of the nervous system with its most essential macro and micro elements, and be able to perceive the principles and mechanisms of bioelectrical and chemical communication underlying functions and behaviors.
6Be able to comprehend the importance of causality (cause and effect relation), realize the fact that modern humans, in addition to not being the center of the universe are also limited within the capacity of their perceptions, and be able to acquire ethical awareness relevant to research and general attitudes.
Mode of Delivery
Face to Face
Prerequisites and co-requisities
None
Recommended Optional Programme Components
None
Course Contents
Interactive discussion of the aim, content, and coverage of this course emphasizing its relevance and significance for behavioral sciences. An overview of the vital organ systems of the human body. Examplified introduction of the uniqueness and individuality, and the regulatory control of the nervous system over all other organ systems. Elaboration of the multi-directional communication among the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems, and importance of this coordination for survival, maintenance, development and adaptation of the organism / individual / species via other organ sytems. Retreival of phases of life in the human, and brief introduction of genetics, epigenetics, genotype, and phenotype. A brief introduction of concepts such as evolution, development, and plasticity comparing various species. Elaboration of interdependence between brain-body, brain-mind, being-environment, and structure-function-behavior using cases / states of basic bidirectional interactions. Instruction of the nervous system macro anatomy emphasizing its essential components and facilitating its three dimensional perception. Introduction of the micro components of the nervous system such as neurons and glia with relevance to their functions and specific features. Comprehensive instruction of bioelectrical potentials on the basis of their vital and behavioral relevance. Comprehensive instruction of synaptic transmission and various neurotransmitter and modulator systems with respect to their physiological and behavioral significance, and also most common psychological, neurologic and psychiatric implications. Elaboration of macro and micro homeostasis by explaining positive and negative feedback mechanisms, stressors, stress, coping and adaptations, within framework of interactions and coordination among nervous, endocrine and immune systems. Brief introduction to autonomic nervous system, hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenals, and their relevance to behavior as well as survival. Focusing the algorithm of homeostasis from the most primitive and basic reflexes to modifiable complex reflex-voluntary action patterns and even to sophisticated voluntary behaviors. Instruction of the basics of human muscular and motor functions with relevance to behavior. A brief and simple introduction to various approaches, methods, techniques, and paradigms for investigating the brain-behavior relations. Evoking of early awareness regarding human and experimental research ethics. A very simplified and early exposure to the terminology and concepts such as “neurophilosophy”, “neuroethics”, “neuroeconomy”, and “neuropolitics”.
Weekly Detailed Course Contents
WeekTheoreticalPracticeLaboratory
1Meeting & Greeting; Global Introduction & Orientation to the Course; Mutual Expectations, Essentials, Principles, References & Resources Relevant to the Course
2Introduction 2: A “Wholistic” (Holistic) View of the Human as a Bio-Psycho-Social Entity; Interrelationship of Brain / Mind – Body; Homeostasis; Human & Environment; Evolution, Development & Plasticity; Primary Physiological Control Systems & Other Organ Systems
3Mechanisms of Communication in the Organism & Their Biological Foundations; Psycho-Neuro-Endocrino-Immune Interactions and Their Behavioural Significance
4Neuroanatomy 1: Structural and Functional Classification of the Human Nervous System & Micro Neuroanatomy; Cerebellar Morphology & Functions
5Neuroanatomy 2: Midbrain, Brain Stem & Spinal Cord Morphology & Functions
6Evolution & Development of the Nervous System & Their Behavioural Significance
7Neuromorphology Demonstration (videos, C.D.s & probably wet lab)
8MID-TERM EXAM
9Biological Foundations of Communication in the Nervous System 1: Bioelectrical Potentials & Their Behavioural Significance
10Biological Foundations of Communication in the Nervous System 2: Synaptic Transmission & Modulation & Their Behavioural Significance
11Biological Foundations of Communication in the Nervous System 3: A Global View of the Major Nervous Disfunctions in the Human
12Major Approaches and Methodology in Investigating Brain & Behaviour; Research Ethics in the Lab, Field and Clinic
13General Review; Qs & As (in case the majority attending)
14END-TERM EXAM
Recommended or Required Reading
Essential Resource: Biological Psychology: An Introduction to Behavioral, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience. 6th ed. Breedlove, Watson, Rosenzweig. Sinauer, 2010.
Planned Learning Activities and Teaching Methods
Assessment Methods and Criteria
Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
SUM0
End Of Term (or Year) Learning ActivitiesQuantityWeight
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Language of Instruction
Turkish
Work Placement(s)
None
Workload Calculation
ActivitiesNumberTime (hours)Total Work Load (hours)
Midterm Examination111
Final Examination122
Attending Lectures14114
Self Study6530
Individual Study for Mid term Examination5525
Individual Study for Final Examination6530
Reading6848
TOTAL WORKLOAD (hours)150
Contribution of Learning Outcomes to Programme Outcomes
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* Contribution Level : 1 Very low 2 Low 3 Medium 4 High 5 Very High
 
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