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Module code:PSYC3209 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Cognitive Neuroscience
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Dr Leun Otten
Organiser's location:Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Queen Square
Organiser's email:l.otten@ucl.ac.uk
Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:Students do not need to have detailed knowledge about brain anatomy and/or psychology. However, they should have a basic understanding of psychology and the brain, or be prepared to do additional reading to bring them up to the required level. Non-Psychology students (including non-Psychology affiliates) must visit this link to establish whether they can take this module and how to enrol: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/pals/current-students/undergraduates/subsidary-psychology  
Module outline:Experts in the field of cognitive neuroscience present a series of lectures on the neural underpinnings of mental functions. The first part of the module concentrates on explaining what cognitive neuroscience is, what it intends to study, and how it goes about studying it. Conceptual issues about relating mental functions onto physical brain activity will be discussed, along with different techniques available to measure brain function. The second part of the module concentrates on discussing what is currently known about how particular cognitive functions (e.g. memory, executive functions, emotion) are supported by the brain. In addition to the lectures, the module relies on assigned readings. These readings are taken from a textbook (Gazzaniga, M.S., "Cognitive Neuroscience: Biology of the Mind") and scientific journals. At the end of the module, students will be able to critically read and evaluate research in the area of cognitive neuroscience and be able to appreciate what can, and cannot, be inferred from the methods available to study the brain. 
Module aims:To introduce the ideas, techniques, and current state of knowledge of the field of cognitive neuroscience. Through this module, students will become familiar with the brain mechanisms that underlie our ability to think, feel, and act. 
Module objectives:To (i) establish the conceptual framework of cognitive neuroscience, (ii) introduce the methods that are available to study brain function, (iii) discuss theoretical issues that arise when trying to relate mental function to brain function, and (iv) provide an overview of the present understanding of the neural bases of several mental functions. 
Key skills provided by module:See https://moodle.ucl.ac.uk/pluginfile.php/1949466/mod_resource/content/2/PPD%20framework%20-%20module%20skills%20checklist%20PSYC3209.pdf 
Module timetable:https://timetable.ucl.ac.uk/tt/moduleTimet.do?firstReq=Y&moduleId=PSYC3209 
Module assessment:Unseen three-hour written examination 100.00% 
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Taking this module as an option?:Not without pre-requisites and approval, see above 
Link to virtual learning environment (registered students only)https://moodle.ucl.ac.uk/course/search.php?search=psyc3209
Last updated:2017-06-13 07:48:18 by ucjtnlo