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Higher Cortical Functions

2014 unit code: NEU30004 (formerly HET528)

Please note that unit codes have changed from 2014.
Credit points12.5 Credit Points
Duration1 Semester
Contact hours5 Hours per Week
PrerequisitesHET231 Perception and Motor Systemsor HET226 Sensory Systems

Related course(s)

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

Aims and objectives

  • Review basic techniques in neuroscience research of brain and behaviour.
  • Provide a knowledge of the neurophysiological and behavioural processes of motivation, memory, speech and language.

Teaching methods

Lectures, Tutorials and Seminars


Assignments, Class Presentations, Examinations


  • Motivation: mechanisms of eating and drinking behaviours, intracranial self-stimulation studies, nonhomeostatic behaviours.
  • Memory: neuronal plasticity, psychophysiological studies and models, memory pathology and neuropsychology, connectionist models.
  • Speech and language: psychophysiological models, brain laterality and language processes, disorders of speech and language.

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.