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Lecture 1

PSY 2301 Lecture 1: origins(1)


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSY 2301
Professor
Andra Smith
Lecture
1

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What Are the Origins of Brain and
Behaviour?
Why Study Brain and Behaviour?
Perspectives on Brain and Behaviour
Evolution of Brain and Behaviour
Human Evolution
Evolution of the Human Brain
Studying Brain and Behaviour in Modern
Humans

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Why Study Brain and Behaviour?
Many behavioural disorders can be
explained and possibly cured by
understanding the brain
The brain is the most complex living organ
on Earth
How the brain produces both behaviour
and human consciousness is a major
unanswered scientific question

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Why Study Brain and Behaviour?
What Is the Brain?
Cerebral Cortex
Heavily folded outer layer of brain tissue composed of
neurons (cortex = “bark”)
Gyri: bumps on the folded surface
Sulci: grooves of the cortex
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