Brain and Cognition - PSYC6391

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn and Spring Terms 6 30 (15) Ruben Andre Teixeira Azevedo checkmark-circle


This module gives you grounding in methods, techniques and issues in cognitive neuroscience. It will focus on the biological bases of human behaviour, and on cognitive processes such as attention, perception, memory, and higher levels of cognition concerned with language and cognitive control, with a particular focus on how these processes are instantiated in the brain. Your will also learn about the methods used to study these processes, such as the recording of physiological signals, brain-imaging techniques, and the study of individuals with brain injury.


Contact hours

Contact hours: 50
Private study: 250
Total: 300


Compulsory to the following courses:
• BSc in Psychology with a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology and a Placement Year
• BSc in Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with Clinical Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with Forensic Psychology
• BSc in Psychology with a Year Abroad
• BSc in Social Psychology

Optional to the following course:
• BSc in Human Biology and Behaviour

Method of assessment

Main Assessment Methods:

Online test (1 hour) 20%
Essay (2000 words) 40%
Examination (2 hours) 40%

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Indicative reading

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages (

• Gazzaniga, M. S., Ivry, R. B. & Mangun, G. R. (2013). Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind. New York, NY: Norton & Co.

Learning outcomes

Subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of structures and functions of the human nervous system and of their role in human behaviour, emotion and cognition.
2. Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific historical context in which biological and cognitive psychology evolved and how the field of cognitive neuroscience has emerged.
3. Demonstrate a knowledge of cognitive and biological theories relevant to psychology, and an understanding the contributions made by the different approaches and research methods used in biological and cognitive psychology.
4. Demonstrate understanding of current debates in cognitive psychology/neuroscience and of how cognitive neuroscience interfaces with everyday life.

Generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate writing and reading skills to present and interpret material with evidence of the use of relevant literature.
2. Critically evaluate the quality of theory and method in published research.
3. Demonstrate the ability to express opinions, argue rationally and engage in critical thinking both orally and in the written form


  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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