NS7013: Biological and Cognitive Psychology


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NS7013: Biological and Cognitive Psychology

Module Title Biological and Cognitive Psychology
Module Code NS7013
Module Tutor Graham Edgar
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

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.

Indicative Syllabus

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

Perceptual systems

Spatial processing, object recognition and face processing


Transient and permanent memory

Language and concept formation

Reasoning processes

Emotion, and links to cognition

Issues in cognition and neuroscience


Practical work in the EEG laboratory investigating perception and cognition will reinforce lecture material.

Learning Outcomes

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 perception, cognition and emotion.
Learning and Teaching Activities

Scheduled learning and teaching activities: 72 hours (24% lectures, seminars, laboratory practicals)

Guided independent study: 228 hours (76% reading, assignment preparation, revision)

Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 60% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words or equivalent
002: 40% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words or equivalent
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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