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Psychology: Cognitive Neuroscience (PSY396)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description This unit considers neurophysiological mechanisms for human behaviour, emphasising on lifespan changes in cognitive functioning and its neurophysiological underpinnings. The techniques developed in cognitive neuroscience for studying the brain will be considering its development and influence on psychological functioning. These techniques include neuroimaging, the study of patients with brain lesions, and how the developing brain influences typical and atypical behavioural development. Topics include localisation of function, sensory and perceptual functioning, neurotypical and atypical development, and the ageing brain.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. describe some major concepts and observations from cognitive neuroscience (APAC GA1)
2. discuss critically how the area overlaps and interacts with other perspectives in psychology (APAC GA 3).
3. explain the differences between some of the main neuroimaging and brain stimulation methods (e.g., MRI, TMS, and EEG). (APAC GA 2, 4, 5, and 6)
4. select appropriate techniques to answer questions about the role of the brain (and its development) in cognition and other psychological processes. (APAC GA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1.5 hours per week; workshops: 4 x 2 hours per teaching period.
Unit Learning Experiences The aim of this unit is to familiarise you with cognitive neuroscience through contemporary methods and knowledge. At its conclusion, you will have fundamental knowledge and understanding of cognitive neuroscience. You will also understand the differences between some of the main neuroimaging and brain stimulation methods (e.g. MRI, TMS and EEG) and how to use these techniques to answer questions about the role of the brain (and its development) in cognition and other psychological processes. Lectures will present the fundamental principles while the tutorials will allow discussion of content and exposure to different analytic methods. This unit will contribute to the development of the following Graduate Attributes: 1. Understanding of the core topics of cognition and biological bases of behaviour, 2. Research methods in psychology - especially neuroscientific approaches 3. Critical thinking skills in psychology 4. Communication skills in psychology. 5. Understanding the application of neuroscientific findings to behaviour.
Assessment There will be 3 pieces of assessment for this unit: (1) mid-term exam, (2) oral presentation, and (3) a final exam. These assessments are designed to test your knowledge and understanding of contemporary cognitive and developmental neuroscience. Feedback in this unit will be provided exclusively by your lab tutor, who will grade and provide feedback on your written report and tests.
Prerequisites Students must have completed PSY251 Psychology: Biological Bases of Behaviour and PSY294 Psychology: Cognitive Processes.
Previously 2016: 'Psychology: Cognitive and Developmental Neuroscience'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Human Behaviour
Law + Psychology [Combined] (LLB)+(BSc)
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc)+(BSc) [New in 2018]
Appears in these Co-Majors Human Behaviour
Psychological Studies
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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