Cognition in Action - PSYC5660

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 6 15 (7.5) Zara Bergstrom checkmark-circle


This module tackles a variety of hot and/or critical topics in cognitive psychology, building upon the theories and research assimilated at Stages 1 and 2. The goal of the lecturers, all experts on their topics, is to bring students to a more advanced level, where they can start to evaluate pieces of research in terms of their findings, conceptual underpinnings and/or methodological choices. The overarching theme focuses on free will and metacognition, looking in particular at the extent to which we control, or feel we control, our cognitive processes and behaviour in areas such as decision making, imitation and memory. We will discuss research that has used a variety of methods, including behavioural, animal and neuroimaging techniques. Practical applications and relevance to a general understanding of behaviour will be emphasised throughout.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 128
Total study hours: 150


The module is optional for the following courses
BSc Psychology
BSc Psychology with a Placement Year
BSc Psychology with a Year Abroad
BSc Psychology with Clinical Psychology
BSc Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
BSc Psychology with Forensic Psychology

Available to Short Term Credit students at the discretion of the school/module convenor.

Method of assessment

Seminar Report 1, 500 words 50%
Short answer written exercise 1500 words 50%

Reassessment method:
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Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
12.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how core concepts, theories and findings in the study of research in cognition have been applied to broader contexts.
12.2 Use the intellectual skill of critical reflection when considering the diversity of perspectives in the study of cognition in its broader context.
12.3 Critically evaluate theoretical and empirical literature on cognition and action.
12.4 Evaluate through written analysis and interpretation the application of cognitive theory and empirical findings to its broader context.
12.5 Develop an appreciation of the historical and conceptual issues in the study of cognition in action.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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