20 credits at level HE7
This module has been designed to develop advanced knowledge of a range of current topics within cognitive psychology. The module will facilitate the development of advanced theoretical knowledge of cutting edge areas of cognitive psychology. It will consider, in depth, the range of methodologies used to gather data relating to cognitive function and the design constraints that researchers encounter. It will also consider how theory can be applied within an everyday context.
Cognitive developments across the lifespan – theoretical explanations of human cognitive development; developmental research designs; current themes and trends in human development.
The study of everyday memory – methods used to study everyday memory phenomena; autobiographical memory; eyewitness memory, fallibility and reliability.
Cerebral asymmetry and hand preference – the importance and limitations of clinical studies, split-brain studies and studies of neurologically normal participants; principal techniques used to measure cerebral asymmetry; implications of perceptual advantages; connection between degree of cerebral asymmetry and degree of hand preference; evaluation of the pathological theory of handedness
Cognitive neuropsychology of language - deep dyslexia and normal reading processes; dissociations and associations; assessment and assessment materials; detailed case studies.
The module delivery will include a combination of lectures, guided reading, assessment tutorials and group workshops. It is also hoped to have a visiting speaker/guest lecturer to enhance the student experience. There will be two pieces of assessment a critical review of a recent paper in cognitive psychology and an essay. The module has two built in assessment tutorials, one for each assignment, so that students have direct access to tutors and can discuss the assessment requirements individually.
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Develop a critical understanding of the merits and implications of the varying approaches to cognitive psychology.||Be able to compare and contrast a range of cognitive approaches and draw out the implications of each approach.|
|2.||Be able to critically evaluate research designs and methodologies within cognitive psychology.||Be able to select and justify appropriate designs and methodologies to research cognitive phenomena.|
|3.||Critically appreciate the role of theory in advancing knowledge in cognitive psychology.||Be able to identify the merits of different theories of cognitive ability and how understand their influence in promoting further research.|
|4.||Have a critical awareness of practical aspects of cognitive psychology and its application to day to day life.||Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the application of cognitive theory and method|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||A critical, evaluative review of a recent paper in cognitive psychology. Max 2500 words||Essay Max 2500 words|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Brosnan, M. (2006). Digit Ratio and Faculty Membership: Implications for the Relationship between Prenatal Testosterone and Academia. British Journal of Psychology, 97, 455-466.
Cohen, G., & Conway, M.A. (2008). Memory in the Real World (3rd Ed.). Psychology Press: UK
Dickerson, J. & Johnson, H. (2004). Sub-types of Deep Dyslexia: A Case Study of Central Deep Dyslexia. Neurocase, 10, (1), 39-47.
Ellis, A.W. (1993). Reading, Writing & Dyslexia: A Cognitive Analysis. LEA
Hasan, K. & Senol, D. (2003). Prevalence of Left-handedness Among Patients with Different Respiratory Diseases. International Journal of Neuroscience, 113, 1371-1377.
Hugdahl, K. & Davidson, R. (Eds.). (2003). The Asymmetrical Brain. Cambridge, MA:MIT Press.
Magnussen, s., & Helstrup, T. (2007). Everyday Memory. Psychology Press: UK
Patterson, K. Lambon-Ralph, M.A. (1999). Selective Disorders of Reading? Current Opinion in Neurobiology, 9, 235-239.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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