PSYC481-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023

Research in Human and Animal Neuropsychology

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 20 February 2023
End Date: Sunday, 25 June 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 5 March 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 14 May 2023


This course provides a contemporary understanding of the neuroscience research associated with a selection of common neurological conditions. Specific topics may vary from year to year, but usually include evidence relevant to Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, acute adult and developmental brain injuries. The course addresses both human research and relevant animal neuroscience research. Information on risk factors and treatments, including environmental influences, is also considered.

Learning Outcomes

On satisfactory completion of the course, students will have a critical understanding of brain-behaviour relationships derived from in depth analysis of common human brain disorders, including relevant contributions from animal models.

At the end of the course, students should:
1. Be familiar with current knowledge of some key human neurological conditions that impact psychological health.
2. Understand relevant methodologies, including brain imaging, and the process of conducting research in this field.
3. Be able to critically assess research papers in this field.


Subject to approval of the Head of School



Course Coordinator

John Dalrymple-Alford

Guest Lecturer

Dr Tracy Melzer (NZBRI, MRI manager)


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Summary of a Research Paper 15% Summary of a Research Paper
Research Topic: Part of a Seminar contribution to a Research Topic 20%
Either Essay or Research Proposal 30% Either Essay covering a Whole Research Topic or an Outline of a Research Proposal that is relevant to one of the Research Topics
Final Examination 35%

Textbooks / Resources

This course is driven by contemporary research literature. Relevant readings will be provided or sourced by students.  

Carlson, N. Physiology of Behavior (various editions) is useful general background for those with no prior experience in Biological Psychology.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,114.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All PSYC481 Occurrences

  • PSYC481-23S1 (C) Semester One 2023