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This module is available for 2017/18

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Module code:PSYCG209 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Cognitive Neuroscience
Credit value:15
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Dr Leun Otten
Organiser's location:Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, Queen Square
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Module prerequisites:Students must have relevant lower level Psychology or equivalent knowledge. 
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 that are currently 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. attention, memory, and emotion) are supported by the brain. In addition to the lectures, the module relies on a number of assigned readings. These readings are taken from a key 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 brain function.  
Module aims:To introduce the ideas, techniques, and current state of knowledge of the field of cognitive neuroscience. Through this course, 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.  
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Module assessment:Coursework 100.00% 
Notes:This module is only available to MSc CoDeS and MSc Social Cognition students.  
Taking this module as an option?:only to MSc CoDeS and MSc Social Cognition student 
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Last updated:2016-08-26 10:19:14 by ucjtjst