Advanced Topics in Cognition in Action - PSYC8290

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
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

Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 178
Total study hours: 200


MSc in Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology

Method of assessment

Presentation (approx. 20 minutes; non-prescriptive) 20%
Extended essay 4,000 words 80%

Reassessment methods: 100% Coursework.

Indicative reading

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

This module covers a variety of materials that is not available in a single text book. The main teaching materials are journal articles. Recommended textbooks for background reading as follows:

Durso F.T., Nickerson R.S., Dumais S.T., Lewandowsky S, Perfect T.J. (2007) Handbook of Applied Cognition. Second edition. John Wiley & Sons.

Gazzaniga M., Ivry R.B., Mangun G.R. (2013) Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind. Fourth edition. W. W. Norton & Company

Groome D., Eysenck M. (2016) An Introduction to Applied Cognitive Psychology. Second edition, Psychology Press.

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 understanding of how core concepts, theories and findings in the study of research in cognition have been applied to broader contexts.

8.2 Critically reflect when considering the diversity of perspectives in the study of cognition in its broader context.

8.3 Critically evaluate theoretical and empirical literature on cognition and action.

8.4 Show an ability to evaluate and interpret the application of Cognitive theory and empirical findings to its broader context

8.5 Demonstrate appreciation of the historical and conceptual issues in the study of Cognition in Action

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

9.1 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of theoretical approaches to cognitive psychology/neuropsychology

9.2 Demonstrate awareness of current research and scholarship that requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge


  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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