Course: Postgraduate Certificate - Tertiary Level Teaching
Module: How Students Learn - A Review of Some of the Main Theories
Page: 3d - The neurobiological approach

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The neurobiological approach

This essentially physiological approach to psychology attempts to relate human behaviour to electrical and chemical activities taking place in the brain and central nervous system. Much of what has been discovered via this approach has proved extremely useful in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of human learning. Increased knowledge about how the eyes, ears and other sensory organs work and pass information to the brain, for example, has led to a greater understanding of how to attract and maintain a learner's attention. Similarly, increased knowledge about how sensory information and other types of information is actually processed in the brain is leading to a greater understanding of such things as the nature of memory.

Ultimately, it may be possible to explain complex human behaviour purely in terms of neurobiological activities, but, at present, such a prospect seems highly remote. In the meantime, the neurobiological approach is proving extremely useful in providing basic data for the fifth and last major branch of psychology - cognitive psychology.



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