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Biology and Behaviour in Psychology Free Course

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  • Description
  • Outcome
  • Certification
  • This free online learning course introduces the learner to the basic principles of Psychology from both a behavioural and biological perspective. The topics include classical and operant conditioning, the brain and the nervous system, stress and states of consciousness. All Alison graduates are entitled to certification. This free Psychology course is an excellent complement to face-to-face classes and as a study guide or for those who would like to familiarise themselves with the fundamentals of Psychology.

  • After completing this course you will gain a good knowledge of classical and operant conditioning. You will be more familiar with different concepts of learning theory and states of consciousness. You will be able to identify the biological basis of behaviour. This course will help you understand types of stress and the relationship between stress and disease.

  • All Alison courses are free to study. To successfully complete a course you must score 80% or higher in each course assessments. Upon successful completion of a course, you can choose to make your achievement formal by purchasing an official Alison Diploma, Certificate or PDF.

    Having an official Alison document is a great way to share your success. Plus it’s:

    • Ideal for including in CVs, job applications and portfolios
    • An indication of your ability to learn and achieve high results
    • An incentive to continue to empower yourself through learning
    • A tangible way of supporting the Alison mission to empower people everywhere through education.

Modules List( 7 )
  • Classical conditioning
    • Classical (respondent or Pavlovian) conditioning
    • Ethical issues in conditioning human behaviour
    • Key terms in classical conditioning
    • The main elements in classical conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
    • Operant (instrumental) conditioning
    • Learning: schedules of reinforcement
    • Punishment (including negative effects of punishment) and ways to maximise effectiveness
    • Elements in operant conditioning
    • Operant conditioning in practice
    • Comparison of classical conditioning and operant conditioning
  • Learning theory
    • Introduction to learning theory
    • Learning by insight
    • Learning set
  • States of consciousness
    • Altered States of Consciousness: Measurement of Physiological Responses
    • Altered States of Consciousness: Measurement of Heart Rate
    • The ways to study sleep
    • As sleep progresses
    • Characteristics and patterns of stages of sleep
    • Stages of sleep one to four
    • Effects of sleep deprivation
    • Sleep disorders
    • Types of dreams
    • States of consciousness
    • Definition of consciousness
    • Streams of consciousness
    • Characteristics of normal waking consciousness
    • High level and lower level awareness
    • Controlled Processes
    • Automatic Processes
    • Daydreaming
    • Common characteristics of altered states of consciousness
    • Disturbed time sense
    • Description of pain
    • Purpose of sleep
  • The biological basis for behaviour
    • Biological bases of behaviour
    • The structure of the cerebral cortex
    • Cerebral hemispheres: corpus callosum
    • Cerebral hemispheres: the functions of the four lobes
    • Cerebral hemispheres: parietal lobe
    • Cerebral hemispheres: occipital lobe
    • Temporal Lobe
    • Hemispheric specialisation
    • Hemispheric specialisation
    • Functions of the spinal cord
    • Distinction between sensory and motor neuron activity
    • Somatic and automatic nervous system
    • Sympathetic and parasympathetic divisions
  • Stress
    • Physiological and psychological effects of prolonged or intense arousal
    • The relationship between stress and disease
  • Assessment
    • Assessment
Topics List ( 4 )
Classical conditioning
Classical conditioning This course covers classical conditioning, also known as respondent or Pavlovian conditioning. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
Topics List ( 6 )
Operant conditioning
Operant conditioning This course covers topics in operant conditioning such as learning, punishment, and operant conditioning in practice. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
Topics List ( 3 )
Learning theory
Learning theory This course covers empirical research in psychology and how to write references from journals, books, the Internet, and CD-ROMS. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
Topics List ( 13 )
The biological basis for behaviour
The biological basis for behaviour This course covers topics related to anatomy and function of the nervous system such as the cerebral hemispheres, the spinal cord, somatic and automatic nervous systems, and the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
Topics List ( 2 )
Stress
Stress This course covers physiological and psychological affects of prolonged exposure to arousal states such as stress. The Contents tab displays all the lessons and topics of the course. Each time you click the Contents tab, you will come to this page. A green tick indicates those lessons and topics you have completed, so you can easily see your progress.
Topics List ( 1 )
Assessment
Assessment
Course Features
  • Duration

    3-4 Hours

  • Publisher

    XSIQ

  • Video

    Yes

  • Audio

    Yes

  • Assessment

    Yes

  • Certification

    Yes

  • Price

    Free

  • Reward

    50 Pts

  • Responsive

    No

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