This module will provide you with a wide-ranging, detailed and critical overview of neuropsychological theories of ageing. It will draw on evidence from healthy and pathological ageing, incorporating cognitive and neuroscientific research. The curriculum will focus on theories of cognitive ageing, presenting evidence sourced using a range of cognitive psychological and neuropsychological methods. It will include detailed neuropsychological profiles of pathological ageing conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease, Frontotemporal Dementia and Parkinson's Disease, allowing you to compare and contrast how specific neural changes attributable to disease processes result in different cognitive deficits. We will also discuss clinical considerations when working with older adults, demonstrating how research informs clinical practice. Finally, the module will introduce the notion of "successful ageing" and you will critically evaluate the evidence for lifestyle factors such as diet, sleep, exercise, and mental stimulation.
Contact hours: 22
Private study: 178
Optional to the following programmes:
• MSc Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology
• MSc Developmental Psychology
• Clinical Apprenticeship Programme
Method of assessment
In class presentation A (10 minutes) 15%
In class presentation B (15 minutes) 25%
Research Proposal (2,000 words) 60%
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• Ravdin, L. D., & Katzen, H. L. (2012). Handbook on the Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia. Springer Nature: Switzerland, ISBN 978-3-319-93497-6 (e-book).
Key journal articles will be added and updated annually. The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages (https://kent.rl.talis.com/index.html).
Subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the impact of healthy ageing on cognitive functioning
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the neuropsychological profile associated with pathological ageing conditions
3. Demonstrate a sound understanding of how psychological theory and methodology relate to how we understand age-related changes in cognition and neural processes
4. Critically evaluate research on healthy and pathological ageing
Generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate research from a range of sources
2. Competently disseminate your work to an audience
3. Express opinions, argue rationally, and engage in critical thinking both orally and in the written form
4. Understand the link between theory, evidence, and clinical practice
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
- ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
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