Biopsychology

AQA Biopsychology Specification:

AS Course:

  • The divisions of the nervous system: central and peripheral (somatic and autonomic)
  • The structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons.
  • The process of synaptic transmission, including reference to neurotransmitters, excitation and inhibition.
  • The function of the endocrine system: glands and hormones
  • The fight or flight response including the role of adrenaline                                                                                                                                                                                                                         A Level Course: All of the above plus the following;
  • Localisation of function in the brain and hemispheric lateralisation: motor, somatosensory, visual, auditory and language centres; Broca’s and Wernicke’s areas, split brain research. Plasticity and functional recovery of the brain after trauma.
  • Ways of studying the brain: scanning techniques, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI); electroencephalogram (EEGs) and event-related potentials (ERPs); post-mortem examinations.
  • Biological rhythms; circadian, infradian and ultradian and the differences between these rhythms. The effect of endogenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers on the sleep/wake cycle.
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