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Module code:PSYC3211(Add to my personalised list)
Title:Attention and Awareness
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser:Dr Ana Torralbo
Organiser's location:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):3,
Module prerequisites:Normally PSYC2207. “Non-Psychology students (including non-Psychology affiliates) must visit the link below to establish whether they can take this module. Students should have an appropriate background in the subject area and must complete the ‘Module Request Form’, failure to do so will result in rejection on Portico.”  
Module outline:The course starts with a general introduction to the theoretical perspectives on what defines cognitive processes as conscious or unconscious and how should attention relate to consciousness. It then proceeds to discuss the classical experimental paradigms used to dissociate conscious versus unconscious processes, and the effects of attention on conscious awareness in these paradigms. Attention paradigms that have been used to study the effects of attention on awareness (such as “inattentional blindness”) within modality as well as across the different modalities are discussed. The cognitive neuroscientific research of attention and consciousness will be described with a focus on the key findings of functional imaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) studies regarding the neural correlates and mechanisms of attention and awareness, including their development. Research on neuropsychological disorders of attention and awareness will be described as well. 
Module aims:This course covers contemporary cognitive neuroscience research on attention and conscious awareness covering research from the different disciplines of: Behavioural experiments, Neuropsychology, Functional Imaging, and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). 
Module objectives:Attention and awareness or "consciousness" are separate but strongly related cognitive functions. In the course the students should obtain understanding of both empirical research and theoretical perspectives of attention and of awareness as well their relationship.  
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Module assessment:Unseen three hour written examination 100.00%. 
Notes:Master's students taking this module will be assessed by a seen essay, 3,000 words max 
Taking this module as an option?:Not without pre-requisites and approval, see above 
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