The Neuroscience of Cognitive Disorders - PSYC6110

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 6 15 (7.5) Ruben Andre Teixeira Azevedo checkmark-circle


This module will build upon the cognitive theories and research methods explored at stages 1 and 2. It will focus on several forms of neurological deficit each of which affects a different domain of cognition. Students will learn about how different strands of neuroscientific research, relating to behaviour, cognition, anatomy, and physiology, have both advanced our understanding of human neuropsychology, and informed on the design of relevant intervention strategies.


Contact hours

The module will be taught by lectures/seminars and private study.

Total Contact Hours: 22
Private Study Hours: 128


Optional to Psychology undergraduate students.
Available to Short-Term Credit students at the discretion of the school/convenor.

Method of assessment

Short answer written exercise 1,250 words 20%
Essay 2,500 words 80%

Reassessment methods: Like-for-like.

Indicative reading

11. Reading list (Indicative list, current at time of publication. Reading lists will be published annually)

Martin, G. N. (2006). Human Neuropsychology (2nd Edition). Pearson Prentice Hill.

Kolb, B., & Wishaw, B. (2008). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology (6th Edition). Worth Publishers.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 demonstrate knowledge and a systematic understanding of how core concepts, theories and findings in the study of cognition have been applied to broader neuroscientific and clinical contexts.

8.2 demonstrate critical reflection when considering how cognitive psychology has informed our understanding of mind, brain and healthcare.

8.3 critically evaluate theoretical and empirical literature on the neuroscience of cognitive disorders.

8.4 evaluate through written analysis and interpretation the application of cognitive research to its broader neuroscientific and everyday context.

8.5 demonstrate an appreciation of the historical and conceptual issues in the study of the neuroscience of cognitive disorders.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

9.1 demonstrate literacy, numeracy and writing skills to present, interpret and discuss concepts, theories, and findings based on the use of the relevant literature

9.2 demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the diversity of theoretical and empirical approaches in psychology

9.3 critically evaluate the quality of theories, methods and findings in published research

9.4 express well-founded opinions, argue rationally, develop new perspectives and engage in critical thinking


  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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