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Module code:PSYC3207 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Human Learning and Memory
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof David Shanks
Organiser's location:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:Non-Psychology students (including non-Psychology affiliates) must visit this link 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 module covers major current topics in the study of human learning and memory, including: short-term memory and brain plasticity; encoding processes; consolidation; implicit learning; reliability of long-term memory; memory and the self; metamemory, forgetting and retrieval; aging and dementia; transfer-appropriate processing; memory systems and the neuroscience of memory. 
Module aims:This module aims to provide an extensive overview of our current understanding of learning and memory from behavioural, cognitive, and neural perspectives, with particular emphases on theoretical ideas about the ways in which distinct memory processes can be isolated and identified, and on the practical applications of research. 
Module objectives:Students are introduced to the idea of a processing stream from initial encoding and storage in short-term memory to subsequent consolidation in long-term memory and retrieval. The elements of this stream are not independent but are linked via interactions among component processes occurring at different points in the stream (transfer-appropriate processing). A key objective of the course is to equip students with the ability to evaluate evidence regarding the existence of distinct memory processes in this stream. Broad understanding of aspects of the neural basis and neuropsychology of memory are relevant to this objective, hence the characteristics of amnesia are discussed in depth. Students also learn about the multiple ways in which influences of memory can manifest themselves in behaviour. Applied topics such as aging, memory distortions, cognitive enhancement, and eyewitness memory are included in the module. 
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Module assessment:PeerWise 5.00%
Written essay (2,500 words) 45.00%
Unseen two-hour written examination 50.00% 
Taking this module as an option?:Not without pre-requisites and approval, see above 
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Last updated:2017-06-13 15:57:42 by ucjtsds