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This module investigates human cognitive processes and the brain structures and systems associated with them. Neuropsychological and cognitive approaches to psychology are explored, and cognitive neuroscience highlighted as an approach that unites the two fields. Using evidence from behavioural, neuropsychological and cognitive neuroscience research, the module considers how the brain generates psychological phenomena of perception, cognition and emotion. The module includes practical work using EEG equipment to study aspects of perception and cognition.
Principles of relevant approaches to psychology: biopsychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive neuropsychology.
Cognitive neuroscience as a unifying approach.
Methodologies in cognition and neuroscience
Brain systems and structures
Spatial processing, object recognition and face processing
Transient and permanent memory
Language and concept formation
Emotion, and links to cognition
Issues in cognition and neuroscience
Practical work in the EEG laboratory investigating perception and cognition will reinforce lecture material.
A student passing this module should be able to:
1. Demonstrate critical knowledge of the relationship between brain activity and human psychological function in perception, cognition and emotion.
2. Critically evaluate contemporary approaches to the investigation of perception, cognition and emotion.
3. Critically analyse methods, models and evidence from psychological neuroscience regarding perception, cognition and emotion
4. Conduct practical investigations, using appropriate methods, into human perception, cognition and emotion
5. Critically reflect on core issues and findings in the study of human
Scheduled learning and teaching activities: 72 hours (24% lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals)
Guided independent study: 228 hours (76% reading, assignment preparation, revision)
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