Brain and Behaviour: An Introduction


This one-day online course is an introduction to the brain. It presents the main topics of neuroscience. Biological theories are discussed in the context of psychology, covering basic brain neuroanatomy and linking it to human behaviour and mind functions such as learning, memory, emotion, motivation, eating and sleeping, as well as psychological dysfunction and disorders such as amnesia, and mood disorders.

The day is intended to provide an introduction to the field of biological psychology to non-psychologists. It aims to familiarise you with general principles in biological psychology so that they can apply various approaches in order to better understand themselves and others. The course will give you a better understanding of the topic of biological psychology, it will help you to understand the influence of these theories upon both normal and abnormal behaviour, and it will provide you with the basic tools for appropriate evaluation of biological theories.

Programme details

All times UK times, BST (UTC+1)

This is your brain: an introduction to neurons, neurotransmitters, brain structure and the teenage brain


The development of thought: from infancy to adulthood

Lunch break

Eating and drinking, sleeping and sex: emotion and motivation


When it goes wrong: psychological disorders, tumours and disease

Course ends


Description Costs
Standard course fee £75.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Dr Anna Scarna


Dr Anna Scarnà is a psychologist and has worked as a university lecturer in for several years. She is interested in attention, memory, and language function, personality traits, and psychological disorders. Her research has been on non-drug treatments for mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder, and autism in females. Most recently, her work has been on wellbeing.

IT requirements

The University of Oxford uses Microsoft Teams for our learning environment, where students and tutors will discuss and interact in real time. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

If you have not used the Microsoft Teams app before, once you click the joining link you will be invited to download it (this is free). Once you have downloaded the app, please test before the start of your course. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you will also be offered the option of connecting using a web browser. If you connect via a web browser, Chrome is recommended.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.