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Unit information: Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology in 2019/20

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Unit name Introduction to Cognitive and Biological Psychology
Unit code PSYC10013
Credit points 20
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Professor. Bowers
Open unit status Open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit provides an introduction to the fundamental approaches of cognitive psychology, biological psychology and the intersection of the two fields. The aims of this unit are to cover concepts relevant to phenomena such as attention, perception, language, memory, vision, emotion and the neurophysiological processes involved in these. The unit will cover concepts relevant to brain functioning from chemistry, biology, cognitive science, and neuroscience, to explore how biological and cognitive explanations are complementary.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

- Identify the major theoretical perspectives taken in cognitive and biological psychology. - Recognise the new insights into how the mind (brain) supports a range of key human behaviours and cognitive capacities. - Define the methodologies and techniques used in cognitive and biological psychology.

Teaching details

Weekly lectures and a revision session

Assessment Details

MCQ exam (2-hours; 100%; all ILOs)

Reading and References


Schacter, D. L., Gilbert, D. T., Wegner, D. M., & Hood, B. M. (2015). Psychology (2nd European ed.). UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

Further/Recommended Reading:

To be provided in the form of book chapters and articles.