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Abnormal Psychophysiology

2014 unit code: NEU30003 (formerly HET631)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours5 Hours per Week
PrerequisitesHET527 Sleep and Attentionor HET528 Higher Cortical Functions or HET227 Neurophysiology or HET219 Neurological Monitoring or equivalent.

Related course(s)

A unit of study in the and Bachelor of Science (Psychology and Psychophysiology).

Aims and objectives

Provide an understanding of the psychophysiology of emotional processes, affective and anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and the processes of normal and abnormal aging.

Teaching methods

Lectures, tutorials and seminars


Assignments, examinations, tests


  • Emotional processes: psychophysiological correlates of emotional processes.
  • Psychopathology: psychophysiology of affective disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform and dissociative disorders, substance abuse and organic disorders.
  • Schizophrenia: biological factors, including biochemical abnormalities and brain imaging studies, information processing abnormalities, behavioural measures, models of the disorder and therapeutic approaches.
  • Aging: psychophysiology of normal aging in the brain, and in the dementias.

Reading materials

Kolb, B & Whishaw, IQ, Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, 3rd edn, Freeman, New York, 1990.
Kandel, ER, Schwarz, JH & Jessell, TM, Principles of Neural Science, 3rd edn, Prentice-Hall, London, 1991.