- Faculty of Arts and Humanities
- Teaching department
- Arts and Sciences BASc
- Credit value
- No prerequisite courses. Students need to be willing to be assessed by giving a presentation for 40% of their marks.
Alternative credit options
There are no alternative credit options available for this module.
This module will introduce you to topics in psychology and cognitive neuroscience with an emphasis on their relevance in everyday life. There is less emphasis on particular psychological theories and who did what experiment in what year, and more focus on “how does this knowledge transfer to real life situations.” It will be a useful ingredient in the mix if you are also doing psychology/cognitive neuroscience modules.
The module will cover the following topics, which may be subject to variation depending on developments in academic research and the interests of the class:
Sleep: 37% of your life. What is sleep? We cover some physiology, psychology, health and well-being and policy-related aspects of sleep.
Creativity: the psychology and cognitive neuroscience of creativity.
Learning: the psychology of learning and how we can do it better at all stages of life.
Social Groups: how do they form? What is the basic unit of a group? How do we get the best out of ourselves and others in groups?
Decision Making: What are the different types of decisions? Why are we so irrational? How do we make decisions under pressure?
- to be able to look at psychology (or any science) in the workplace, daily life and assess it with a statistical and empirical approach.
- to apply the above in “difficult” areas. For example, why do diversity training if data suggest it has no positive effects?
- to learn to identify a good, tractable question and present it in spoken or written form
There will be 5 x two hour lectures in weeks 1-5. In weeks 6-10, you will make a 15-minute presentation for 40% of your course marks.
In preparation for the module, we advise reading the following core texts. These may be found in the UCL Library:
Matthew Walker: Why We Sleep
Rex Jung: The Cambridge Handbook of the Neuroscience of Creativity
Peter Brown et al: Make it Stick
Robin Dunbar: Grooming Gossip and the Evolution of Language
Kurt Gigerenzer: Risk Savvy
For further information on this module, please contact the named individual below.
Module deliveries for 2020/21 academic year
Intended teaching term: Term 1 Undergraduate (FHEQ Level 5)
Teaching and assessment
- Mode of study
- Methods of assessment
60% One Essay (3000 Words)40% Presentation (10 Minutes + 5 minutes for Questions)
- Mark scheme
- Numeric Marks
- Number of students on module in previous year
- Module leader
- Professor Vincent Walsh
- Who to contact for more information
This module description was last updated on 5th March 2020.