Cognition in Action - SP566

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2020 to 2021
(version 2)
Autumn 6 15 (7.5) DR Z Bergstrom checkmark-circle


This module tackles a variety of hot and/or critical topics in cognitive psychology, building upon the theories and research assimilated at Stages 1 and 2. The goal of the tutor or tutors, experts on their topics, is to bring you to a more advanced level, where you can start to evaluate pieces of research in terms of their findings, conceptual underpinnings and/or methodological choices. This year, the focus is on free will and metacognition, looking in particular at the extent to which we control, or feel we control, cognitive processes such as decision-making, attention, and memory. Practical applications and relevance to a general understanding of behaviour are emphasised throughout.


This module appears in the following module collections.

Contact hours

22 hours



Method of assessment

This module is assessed by 100% coursework. This is comprised of a 50% Short-Answer exercise and a 50% seminar report.

Indicative reading

Reading lists will primarily comprise of journal articles. There is no single textbook, but key texts will be available on the online reading list. The module reading list can be found online at the reading list pages here :

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

8. 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 Use the intellectual skill of critical reflection 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 Evaluate through written analysis and interpretation the application of cognitive theory and empirical findings to its broader context.
8.5 Develop an appreciation of the historical and conceptual issues in the study of cognition in action.

9. The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
9.1 Demonstrate literacy, numeracy and writing skills to present, interpret and discuss concepts, theories, and findings based on the use of the relevant literature.
9.2 Demonstrate knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the diversity of theoretical and empirical approaches in psychology.
9.3 Critically evaluating the quality of theories, methods and findings in published research.
9.4 Ability to express well-founded opinions, argue rationally, develop new perspectives and engage in critical thinking both orally and in written form.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 of an undergraduate degree.
  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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