Mind, Brain and the Body - PSYC8650

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 7 20 (10) Luigi Tame 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 and Developmental Psychology

Method of assessment

Seminar Report (20%)
Research proposal (80%)

Reassessment methods: Like for Like.

Indicative reading

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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)


  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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