20 credits at level HE4
1. To introduce and explore key issues in cognitive psychology and biopsychology,
2. To provide a broad base of knowledge of cognitive and biopsychological theories and research upon which other modules will build.
Introduction to cognitive psychology.
Language and reading.
Imagery- the experimental study of; the idea that visual imagery may have cognitive validity.
Attention and its application to everyday mental processes.
Memory – traditional and ‘everyday’
Structure & functioning of neuron
Functioning of neuron: synaptic activity
Drugs and mental illness
This is a core, mandatory level HE4 module for Psychology. The course is designed to introduce students to some of the main topics in the areas of cognitive psychology and biopsychology and to provide a basis for greater in-depth consideration of these areas in year 2. Class contact consists of 2-3 hours per week in which a basic framework is provided through use of lectures which students expand on through their independent reading. In-class demonstrations are also typically included within the contact time and used to clarify information and enhance understanding of basic principles.
The learning outcomes will be assessed by means of two assignments. Students will be required to complete both a Cognitive MCQ Assignment and a Biopsychology MCQ Assignment relating to the main areas of cognitive psychology and biopsychology.
Module time allocations are:
Class contact = 36 hours
Private study = 164 hours (to include recommended reading, independent study, preparation of coursework, and review)
TOTAL = 200 hours
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||demonstrate an understanding of basic cognitive and biopsychological concepts and approaches.||
Identify and define theories of cognition (e.g. attention, memory, perception), brain structures and their functioning, neural features and functioning
|2.||demonstrate an awareness of the different methodologies used in cognitive and biopsychological research.||Identify and apply knowledge of the different methods and approaches used in the study of cognitive psychology and biopsychology.|
|3.||demonstrate an understanding of research findings in key areas within cognitive psychology and biopsychology.||
Identify and apply knowledge of the main research findings appropriate to some of the major issues in cognitive psychology and biopsychology.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Cognitive MCQ Assignment||Biopsychology MCQ Assignment|
There are no prerequisites for this module.
No restrictions apply.
Baddeley, A. (1997). Human memory: Theory and practice, (2nd ed). Hove: Psychology Press.
Best, J. (1999). Cognitive psychology, (5h ed). London: Brooks/cole.
Carlson, N. (2010). Physiology of behaviour (10h ed). London: Allyn & Bacon.
* Eysenck, M. & Keane, M. (2010). Cognitive psychology: A student’s handbook (6h ed). Hove: Psychology Press
Gregory, R. & Colman, A. (eds)(1995). Sensation and perception. London: Longman.
* Kalat, J. (2009). Biological psychology (10h ed.). Belmont, California: Wadsworth/Cengage Learning.
Matlin, M. (2005). Cognition (6h ed). New York: Wiley.
Pinel, J.P. (2008). Biopsychology (7h ed). London: Allyn & Bacon.
Sternberg, R. J. (2009). Cognitive psychology, (5th ed). London: Cengage Learning.
* Key texts
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