Spain, Barcelona

Fundamentals of Psychobiology

when 25 June 2019 - 12 July 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 840

Psychology is an incredibly rich discipline, and includes health, social, educational, judicial, and other aspects. Knowledge of behavior and the mind requires, among others, understanding the biological bases that support them. This is the goal of Psychobiology. In order to be able to understand the biological substrate of behavior and mental processes, it is necessary to know the components and functioning of the nervous system.
The subject intends to provide the necessary knowledge of neuron and neurochemical physiology to study the relationships between the different behavioral processes and their biological substrate.

Course leader

Elena Martín and Raúl Andero
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona/ Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Target group

The UAB Barcelona Summer School is open to standing local and international undergraduates and graduates students. International students who have been accomplished the first year of their undergraduate or at least the 50% of their first year credits at their home university could also be enroled at the programme. A working knowledge of the language instruction is highly recommended.

Course aim

We propose that upon completion of the course the student is able to understand and to use correctly the subject terminology and to demonstrate knowledge of:

The main characteristics of neurons and glial cells.
The characteristics of the nervous impulse and its conduction.
The characteristics of the synaptic transmission and of the most well-known transmitter systems.

Aims and the type of work the student is expected to do:

Develop autonomous learning strategies.
Identify, describe and relate the biology of human behavior and psychological functions.
Use the different information and communication technologies for different purposes.
Describe the main components of the nervous tissue and explain the basic characteristics structural, ultrastructural and molecular structures of the nerve cells and the different types of synapses.
Develop autonomous learning strategies.
Explain the characteristics of the nervous impulse and the driving of it.
Explain the main characteristics of the synaptic transmission and of the systems of substances best-known transmitters.
Explain what psychobiology is and what is in relationship with the rest of psychology.
Use the different information and communication technologies for different purposes.

Credits info

6 EC
All subjects are accredited with 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) that your university might transfer to you own degree programme (depending on your home university’s regulations), especially if it has a mobility programme in place with the UAB.

Fee info

EUR 840: Full course's registration fee