20 credits at level HE6
To critically examine selected behavioural and psychophysiological techniques currently employed to help further our understanding of brain-behaviour relationships and to consider the conceptual and methodological issues arising from their use.
ECG Lab Class
EEG Lab Class
EOG Lab Class
Polgraphy Lab Class
Event-Related Brain Potentials (EERPs)
Hemispheric Asymmetry (Dichotic Listening)
This is a standard 14 week module consisting of 12 weeks of teaching, a study/ revision week followed by an end of module exam in week 14. The course is taught by a combination of formal lectures (usually 1 hour) and laboratory-based practical classes and demonstrations. During the lab classes students receive guidance on how to collect and quantify specific psychophysiological data. Students will be supported in developing skills to present technical and complex conceptual information to an audience of peers.
Learning outcome 1, 2 and 3 will be assessed by the unseen examination, where the opportunity to prepare examination answers will encourage reflection on conceptual issues and the evaluation of the usefulness of behavioural and psychophysiological methods to the advancement of knowledge and undersanding of brain-behaviour relationships. Learning outcome 4 will be assessed by the formualtion of a valid, theoretically grounded research proposal in the coursework exercise (poster). Learning outcomes 5, 6 and 7 will be assessed by a research proposal/oral presentationcoursework exercise that will assessa student's ability to research and present the rationale for a piece of psychophysiological research.
Module time allocations are:
Class contact = 36 hours
Time limited assessment = 3 hours
Private study = 161 hours (to include recommended reading, independent study, preparation of coursework, and revision)
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 knowledge of the theoretical bases of a range of behavioural and psychophysiological. techniques used to study brain-behaviour relationships.||interpret behavioural and psychophysiological data, gained from a range of practical demonstrations and laboratory classes, within theoretical bases of brain-behaviour relationships.|
|2.||demonstrate critical awareness of the practical and methodological issues related to the use of selected techniques.||show a detailed understanding of the practical and methodological issues associated with the use of selected techniques.|
|3.||demonstrate critical awareness of the conceptual issues related to the use of selected techniques and evaluate the usefulness of these techniques to current understanding of brain function.||formulate reasoned arguments with justifiable conclusions about the interpretation of brain function research and its contribution to models of brain-behaviour relationships.|
|4.||research a topic independently and formulate a
valid, justifiable research question informed by current research findings.
research and evaluate current knowledge within a
selected area of sensory, perceptual or cognitive function and identify a suitable focus for further research.
|5.||use electronic information retrieval systems (WWW and PsychLit) to access current research.
||download information from electronic information retrieval systems.|
|6.||use information presentation packages (Microsoft Word and Publisher).
||use information presentation packages to prepare a poster of professional quality.|
|7.||use oral communication skills effectively||present an oral commentary of the research proposal outlined in the poster.|
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
|Description||Poster presentation/ oral presentation||3 hour unseen examination|
Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
* Andreassi, J.L. (2000) Psychophysiology: Human behavior (4th ed.). Hove. LEA.
Cacioppo, J.T. & Tassinary, L.G. (2000). Handbook of psychophysiology. Cambridge. CUP.
Springer, S. P. & Deutsch, G. (1998). Left brain, right brain (5th ed.). New York. W.H. Freeman and Co.
Behavioural and Brain Sciences
European Journal Neuroscience
Psychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences
* Key Text
Students will be expected to search for, select and review current journal articles on the topics covered.
|Host Subject Group:||Psychology and Life Sciences|
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