This module will focus on the biological perspective in psychology, which is becoming increasingly important in psychological research. You will explore the biological bases of human behaviour, in particular, how our genes, neurons, brains and nervous systems underpin psychological processes such as perception, learning, memory, motivation, emotion, sleep, and consciousness. You will also consider what happens when "normal" processes break down (for example, in stress and mental illness). You will address these topics using a variety of different levels of analysis (from genes to single cells and larger brain regions) and research methods (e.g. electrophysiology and functional brain imaging). It is the first dedicated module in biological psychology, and a pre-requisite for the more advanced module "Cognitive Neuroscience" at level 10.