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Brain & Behaviour II

PSYC 370/3.0

The relationship between brain and behaviour. The first part of the course examines topics relevant to brain plasticity, including neurodevelopment, brain damage and learning and memory; followed by a section on the biopsychology of motivation that covers the neural mechanisms of eating, sexual behaviour and sleep. The final section deals with disorders of cognition and emotion, including drug addiction, stress and psychiatric disorders.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Build upon the key principles of biopsychology presented in PSYC 271, with a focus on higher cognitive processing
  • Gain an understanding of the complexity of brain and behaviour interactions and how both nature and nurture play important roles
  • Learn to critically evaluate new research in the field of biopsychology

Below is a general time guideline (1 week or 1½ weeks), but obviously some modules may take you less time to work through and other modules may take you more time.

ModuleTopicReadings from Pinel's Biopsychology
1 (1 week)Development of the Nervous SystemCh. 9
2 (1½ weeks)Brain Damage and NeuroplasticityCh. 10
3 (1½ weeks)Learning, Memory and AmnesiaCh. 11
4 (1 week)Hunger, Eating and HealthCh. 12
5 (1 week)Drug Addiction and the Brain's Reward CircuitsCh. 15
6 (1 week)Hormones and SexCh. 13
7 (1½ weeks)Sleep, Dreaming and Circadian RhythmsCh. 14
8 (1½ weeks)Biopsychology of Emotion, Stress and HealthCh. 17
9 (1½ weeks)Biopsychology of Psychiatric DisordersCh. 18


Psychology 370 is a course designed to continue your exploration of the field of Biopsychology. It primarily focuses on the underlying neural mechanisms of some of the most interesting and complex human behaviours. From how the brain develops, to our basic motivations, to how catastrophically the brain can fail us, this course delves into many different aspects of brain and behaviour.


To be determined
Course Dates: 
Exam Dates: 


2.5% - Icebreaker
15% - Midterm
20% - Group Debate Forum
12.5% - Essay
50% - Proctored Final Exam

**Evaluation Subject to Change**

Midterm Examination

The second evaluation for the course will be an online multiple choice midterm. It will consist of 30 questions and be worth 15% of the final grade. The midterm will cover Modules 1, 2 and 3.

Final Examination

The 3-hour final exam will be written during the Exam Period. It will consist of 100 multiple choice questions, covering the entire course and is worth 50% of the final grade. Please note: You must PASS the final exam in order to pass the course.

Students must write their exam on the day and time scheduled by the University. The start time may vary slightly depending on the off-campus exam centre. Do not schedule vacations, appointments, etc., during the exam period.


Professor Monica Valsangkar-Smyth (

Instructor message

I received a Bachelor of Science with Honours from Queen’s University and earned a doctoral degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta. I was then a Research Fellow at Dartmouth College. I have been lucky enough to work in various areas within biopsychology including neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience. My main interest lies in lateralization issues in attention and I have used case studies, traditional cognitive psychology experiments and fMRI research to investigate these processes. I have taught courses in Intro Psychology, Brain and Behaviour II, Neuropsychology and Perception in the past and am looking forward to teaching this course again!

Monica Valsangkar-Smyth

Time Commitment

To complete the readings, assignments, and course activities, students can expect to spend, on average, about 10 hours per week (120 hours total) on the course.

Course Resources


SOLUS is Queen’s Student On-Line University System. You’ll have access to a SOLUS account once you become a Queen’s student. You’ll use SOLUS to register for courses, add and drop courses, update your contact information, view financial and academic information, and pay your tuition.

About OnQ

onQ is Queen's online learning platform. You'll log into onQ to access your course. All materials related to your course—notes, readings, videos, recordings, discussion forums, assignments, quizzes, groupwork, tutorials, and help—will be on the onQ site.

About Credit Units

Queen’s courses are weighted in credit units. A typical one-term course is worth 3.0 units, and a typical two-term course is worth 6.0 units. You combine these units to create your degree. A general (three-year) BA or BSc requires a total of 90 credit units.

Computer Requirements

To take an online course, you’ll need a high speed internet connection as well as a microphone and speakers to be able to watch videos, hear sounds, and participate in interactive online activities. A webcam is recommended but not necessary.

System Requirements:

  • Laptop or Desktop computer purchased within the last 5 years. (mobile devices are not supported)
  • Windows Vista SP2/Mac OSX 10.9 or higher
  • Up to date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer or Safari. Please note that Google Chrome is not recommended for use in our courses.
  • Most recent version of Adobe Reader and Adobe Flash

 See also Getting Started.


The deadlines for new applications to Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are in our Upcoming Application Dates section.

Grading Scheme

The information below is intended for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science. Academic Regulations in other Faculties may differ.

Letter Grade Grade Point

GPA Calculators
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How does this affect my academics?
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Follow the link above for an explanation of how the GPA system affects such things as the Dean’s Honour List, requirements to graduate, and academic progression.

Frequently Asked Questions on the Grading Scheme
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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees vary depending when you start, your year, faculty, and program. Fees for Summer Term 2018 first-year Distance Career Arts & Science Domestic students are as follows: for a 3.0-unit course, $685.90; for a 6.0-unit course, $1371.80 See also Tuition and Fees.

Campus Bookstore

All textbooks can be purchased at Queen’s Campus Bookstore.

Non-Queen’s Students

All Queen’s Arts and Science Online courses are open to students at other universities. Before applying as a visiting student, request a Letter of Permission from your home university that states that you have permission to take the course and apply it to your degree. See also Apply.

Academic Integrity

Please see Queen’s policy statement on academic integrity for information on how to complete an online course honestly.