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Biopsychology - The Brain

1. Anatomy of the Brain: Part One

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In this module, we think about how the human brain is structured. We discuss the division of the brain into three areas, (i) the hindbrain, (ii) the midbrain and (iii) the forebrain, and look at their constituent parts. Beginning with the hindbrain, we consider the role of the medulla oblongata in controlling vital life functions, the function of the pons in relaying sensory information and the cerebellum as an area involved in motor planning. We then move on to explore the midbrain and the role of the superior and inferior colliculi in vision and hearing. Finally, we think about the forebrain, an area subdivided into the diencephalon and the telencephalon. Focussing on two structures located in the diencephalon, we discuss the function of the thalamus as a sensory relay station and the role of the hypothalamus in maintaining homeostasis.


In this course, Mr Kevin Silber (University of Derby) discusses the anatomy and function of the human brain. We begin, in modules one and two, by looking at how the brain is structured before moving to think about the localisation of different functions in particular areas of the brain on in module three. Module four considers the lateralisation of certain brain processes in the two hemispheres, while module five looks at split-brain research. Finally, we think about brain plasticity and the recovery of brain function after trauma in module six.


Mr Kevin Silber is a senior lecturer at the University of Derby where he primarily teaches biological psychology modules. Mr Silber is also an AQA A-Level examiner and is involved in authoring texts for A-Level psychology. Having started life as a neuroscientist, Mr Silber’s research interests still lie in biologically oriented topics. However, his main research interest is now focused on body image. Some of Mr Silber’s recent publications include ‘Working memory in children: A developmental approach to the phonological coding of pictorial material’ (2011) and ‘Sexual orientation and the sleep-wake cycle: A preliminary investigation’ (2000).

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