Genetic, Perinatal and Biological Factors in Behavior Regulation: Biological Basis of Regulatory Processes in Behavior



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

During the course the physiological and pathophysiological background of psychological functions are reviewed with special emphasis on regulatory mechanisms.

Main topics:

  • Interaction between the heart and cognitive-emotional processes: the anatomical-physiological background of related regulatory processes, psychophysiological correlates, principles of measurement, stress phenomena.
  • Blood circulation in the brain (functional anatomical background) and its relationship to cognitive and emotional processes.
  • Measurement of blood circulation (NIRS, fMRI, Doppler).
  • Correlation between metabolic changes of brain and psychological functions
  • Spontaneous and evoked brain electrical correlates of behavior. Graph theoretical approach.
  • Regulation of emotional processes: neurobiological and psychopysiological aspects, age-related characteristics.
  • Visuomotor processes and regulation of visual sensory input:
  • Regulation of the pupil, functional-anatomical background, related characteristics of information processing mechanisms.
  • Importance of eye movements in information processing.
  • Effect of cognitive and emotional processes on electrodermal activity and respiration: basic principles of regulation and measurement, anatomical-physiological background, psychophysiological importance.
  • Baars, B. J., Cage, N. M. (2007) Cognition, Brain, And Consciousness. Academic Press.
  • Cacioppo. J. T., Tassinary, L. G., Bentson, G. G. (2007) Handbook Of Psychophysiology. Cambridge Univ. Press.
  • Hof, P. R., Mobbs, C. V. (2001) Functional Neurobiology Of Aging. Academic Press.
  • Toates, F. (2001) Biological Psychology. Prentice Hall.
  • Wickens, A. (2000) Foundations Of Biopsychology. Prentice Hall.