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Psychology: The Body and Mind (Module)

Module description

Study on this module to learn will give you a deeper understanding of the complex bi-directional relationship between the mind and the body. You will explore how different parts of the body, such as the gut, influence the development and function of the brain, and in turn, how the brain exerts influence over the body. We will focus on a range of psychological and medical conditions, including autism, Parkinson's, chronic pain, depression, and more. You will learn how to design research projects to study the brain-body connection and what novel discoveries have recently been uncovered in this fascinating and fast paced field of study.

The module is taught by King’s academics, and based on a 15 credit King's undergraduate module. It comprises 150 study hours, including teaching time, independent study and group work. A detailed timetable for this module will be available on KEATS from June 2020. 

Learning outcomes and objectives

By the end of the module, you should have:

  • Broadened your understanding of the dynamic between the brain and other organs, including the gut, microbiome and placenta.
  • Gained knowledge of how brain-body interactions may play a role in a variety of psychological and medical conditions.
  • Gained knowledge of research and clinical methods used in exploring brain-body connections in preclinical models and humans.


Staff information

Taught by Academics from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars and tutorials
  • Private study

Module assessment - more information

Assessment for the module will consist of: One essay 1,500 words (50%) Multiple choice questions (10%) Group presentation (40%)

Key information

Module code 0ZSS0185

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework presentation/s written examination/s

Credit value Classes can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards.  To receive credit for King's summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit. This class is equivalent to an undergraduate degree module and usually awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Semester summer session 1

Study abroad module No