The course provides a coherent base for understanding the methodological and theoretical issues that are currently considered important in the study of cognitive psychology and neuropsychology. Students will be shown how to critically appraise the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the various disciplines that comprise cognitive psychology and neuropsychology, and to evaluate how these disciplines may successfully be combined to further scientific understanding of the core problems in cognitive psychology and neuropsychology today. A selection of material from areas such as vision, learning, memory, language, reasoning, emotion will be referred to in order to examine the relationship between brain and mind, the modularity of brain and mind, and the notion of different levels/frameworks of description and explanation.
Total contact hours: 22
Private study hours: 178
Total study hours:. 200
This module is compulsory to students registered for the MSc in Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology.
Method of assessment
Two essays, with a combined volume of up to 4,000 words, one worth 30% and one 70%.
Reassessment methods: Like for Like.
There is no core text. The seminars will have reading allocated per week, and will be reviewed each year to remain contemporary.
The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 Understand the core areas of concern in cognitive psychology and neuropsychology (such as vision, memory and language)
8.2 Understand the practice and significance of interdisciplinary cooperation, and the role of cross-domain constraint satisfaction in furthering scientific discovery in the different areas of cognitive psychology and neuropsychology.
The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Acquiring the critical and analytical skills in dealing with one's own and others' theoretical ideas and empirical research (from a range of disciplines).
9.2 The ability to develop coherent arguments and to evaluate critically and reconstruct flexibly in the light of one's own and others’ feedback.
9.3 Developing the ability to communicate criticism, analyses, and arguments effectively and efficiently.
9.4 Extending their ability to communicate effectively and efficiently through different means (e.g. in written extended essays and orally)
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Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
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