Advanced Topics in Cognition in Action - PSYC8290

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Amir-Homayoun Javadi checkmark-circle


The central theme of this module will be to explore how cognition functions in the real world, that is, to investigate the application of cognitive models to the broader context of human behaviour. Possible topics for study include: the role of cognition in development, emotion, memory and action; applications to eyewitness testimony, intentional forgetting and embodied cognition. Practical applications and relevance to a general understanding of behaviour will be emphasised throughout.


Contact hours

Private Study: 178
Contact Hours: 22
Total: 200


Compulsory to the following courses:
• MSc Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology

Optional to the following courses:
• None

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods
Presentation (approx. 20 minutes; non-prescriptive) – 20%
Extended Essay (4,000 words) – 80%*
*this element is pass compulsory and must be passed to achieve the learning outcomes of the module

Reassessment methods
100% coursework

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

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.
2 Critically reflect when considering the diversity of perspectives in the study of cognition in its broader context.
3 Critically evaluate theoretical and empirical literature on cognition and action.
4 Show an ability to evaluate and interpret the application of Cognitive theory and empirical findings to its broader context
5 Demonstrate appreciation of the historical and conceptual issues in the study of Cognition in Action.


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  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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