Mind, Brain and the Body - PSYC8650

Looking for a different module?

Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Brianna Beck checkmark-circle


The module will survey cutting edge research emphasising the role of sensory and motor systems in human cognition. We will discuss the relationship between brain, mind and body, from physiological, experimental, philosophical, linguistic, and neuroscientific perspectives. The module will cover areas such as sensorimotor interactions, interoception, somatosensory and motor plasticity, body representation, body ownership, the sense of agency, as well as embodied cognition. Implications for cognition, social behaviour and clinical conditions will be emphasised.


Contact hours

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


Optional for: MSc Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology

Method of assessment

Portfolio 4,000 words 100%

Reassessment methods: Like for Like.

Indicative reading

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

The seminars will have reading allocated per week, and will be reviewed each year to remain contemporary.

Foundations of Embodied Cognition volume 1 - perceptual and emotional embodiment (https://www.routledge.com/product/isbn/9781138805811?source=igodigital)

Foundations of Embodied Cognition volume 2 - conceptual and interactive embodiment (https://www.routledge.com/product/isbn/9781138805835?source=igodigital)

Learning outcomes

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

8.1 Describe the general physiology of the somatosensory and motor systems from the periphery to the brain.

8.2 Understand mechanisms of sensorimotor plasticity, including how the brain reorganises after central or peripheral neural damage.

8.3 Understand the central role of the sensorimotor system in body awareness and sense of self.

8.4 Understand how somatosensory and motor systems impact, and interact with, cognitive processes (e.g., learning, language, emotional processing, and social cognition)

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

9.1 Acquire critical and analytical skills in dealing with one's own and others' theoretical ideas and empirical research (from a range of disciplines).

9.2 Develop coherent arguments, and the ability to critically evaluate and flexibly reconstruct those ideas in the light of feedback.

9.3 Interpret and critically analyse scientific findings within their broader empirical and theoretical contexts.

9.4 Communicate ideas effectively and efficiently through different means (e.g. in written extended essays and orally)


  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.
Back to top

University of Kent makes every effort to ensure that module information is accurate for the relevant academic session and to provide educational services as described. However, courses, services and other matters may be subject to change. Please read our full disclaimer.