Current Issues in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology - PSYC8640

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 7 20 (10) Ruben Andre Teixeira Azevedo checkmark-circle


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.


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
Essay 1 – 70%
Essay 2 – 30%
Both essays have a combined volume of up to 4,000 words

Reassessment methods

Indicative reading

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Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Understand the core areas of concern in cognitive psychology and neuropsychology (such as vision, memory and language)
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.


  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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