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AQA GCSE Psychology, Brain and Neuropsychology


Paper 3.2 Social Context and behaviour: Brain and Neuropsychology (3.2.3)

PPT Covers:

1) Structure and function of the nervous system

The divisions of the human nervous system:

·       Central and peripheral (somatic and autonomic), basic functions of these divisions.

·       The autonomic nervous system and the fight or flight response.

·       The James-Lange theory of emotion. (Mentioned in specifications)


2) Neuron structure and function

·       Sensory, relay and motor neurons.

·       Synaptic transmission: release and reuptake of neurotransmitters.

·       Excitation and inhibition. An understanding of how these processes interact.

·       Hebb’s theory of learning and neuronal growth. (Mentioned in specifications)


3) Structure and function of the brain

·       Brain structure: frontal lobe, temporal lobe, parietal lobe, occipital lobe and cerebellum.

·       Basic function of these structures.

·       Localisation of function in the brain: motor, somatosensory, visual, auditory and language areas.

·       Penfield’s study of the interpretive cortex. (Mentioned in specifications)


4) An introduction to neuropsychology

Cognitive neuroscience: how the structure and function of the brain relate to behaviour and cognition.

·       The use of scanning techniques to identify brain functioning: CT, PET and fMRI scans.

·       Tulving’s ‘gold’ memory study. (Mentioned in specifications)

·       A basic understanding of how neurological damage, eg stroke or injury can affect motor abilities and behaviour.



Consists of a PPT display (109 slides)

Resources Booklet (14 pages)

Both on one ZIP file


 PPT include on-slide exercises, exam style questions to supplement understanding and activities to encourage thinking and learning.


Also, there is a chart with downloadable YouTube clips etc (only for educational use)


Complete coverage of the whole module, just ‘pick up a

module’ and go… suitable for both new and experienced



The photocopy friendly resources booklet

 (pages) covers all the main theories and


1.  James-Lange: Theory of Emotion

2.  Hebb’s Theory

3.  Penfield’s Study

4.  Tulving’s ‘Gold Memory’ Study


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Last Update: 5th April 2021
Released: 5th April 2021