Physiological Psychology – PSYC 380

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course is designed to investigate the most recent findings in the area of physiological psychology. Topics of study will concern basic information about the nervous system, sensory systems, physiological bases of behaviors and the development of learning and memory.


(PSYC 200 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 101 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255


This course is intended to introduce the student to the scientific discipline of psychophysiology, the study of the brain, physiological processes, psychopharmacology, and behavior.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Apply fundamental research skills per current APA style and formatting.
  2. Apply the ethical principles that guide research in the area of neuropsychology.
  3. Explain the physiological dynamics influencing the major mental health disorders.
  4. Describe the research techniques most often used in neuropsychological research.
  5. Identify the parts of the central nervous system and their functioning.
  6. Explain the neuron and its purpose within the nervous system.
  7. Compare the biblical view of the creation of man to the evolutionary view.
  8. Discuss how the sensory and motor neurons work together to facilitate functionality for the human being.
  9. Identify the major parts of the brain and their purposes.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/websites

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

There will be 4 Discussion Board Forums throughout this course. The purpose of the Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant and current course topics. The student is required to submit 1 thread of at least 250 words, and then to submit replies of at least 100 words each to the threads of 2 classmates. For each thread, the student must support his or her assertions with at least 2 citations in current APA format.

Research Paper

The Research Paper is the capstone assignment for this course and is to be a written representative of the research conducted on the psychophysiological aspects of an issue chosen from the textbook. Using the services of Liberty University's Online Library, the student will select and read at least 5 recent journal articles on the chosen issue. The student will then summarize his or her findings in an 8–10-page paper, written in current APA style, and submitted through SafeAssign. This assignment will be submitted in 2 parts: the Title Page, Abstract, and References, and the completed Research Paper.

Exams (4)

The student will complete 4 exams throughout this course. Each exam is open-book/open-notes, has 40 multiple-choice questions, and has the time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. The student may take each exam up to 3 times, and only the highest grade of the 3 attempts will be recorded.