Cognitive Psychology - PSYC6050

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Module delivery information

This module is not currently running in 2024 to 2025.


The module gives a grounding in methods, techniques and issues of cognitive psychology and allied disciplines. Focusing on vision, memory, higher-levels of cognition concerned with language and cognitive control, and methodology, it examines how cognitive processes are instantiated in mind and brain. It also provides an historical overview of the schools of thought that led to the inception of cognitive psychology as a distinct academic discipline.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 25
Private study hours:125
Total study hours: 150


Not available as an elective module. Not available to short-term credit students.

Method of assessment

Essay 2,000 words 40%
Examination 2 hour 60%

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Indicative reading

Gazzaniga, M. S., Ivry, R. B. & Mangun, G. R. (2013). Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind. New York, NY: Norton & Co.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

8.1 Demonstrate a knowledge of cognitive theories.
8.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the psychological and biological methods that underpin cognitive theorising.
8.3 Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific historical context in which cognitive psychology evolved.
8.4 Demonstrate knowledge of how cognitive neuroscience interfaces with everyday life.


  1. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  2. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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