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Unit information: Brain and Cognition in 2019/20

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Unit name Brain and Cognition
Unit code PSYC20007
Credit points 40
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Ludwig
Open unit status Not open




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


The unit covers a number of topics in neuropsychology, perception, memory and language. Across these topics students will be exposed to a wide range of techniques used in the study of the link between brain, mind and behaviour. The course provides key coverage of areas required for accreditation by the professional body, the British Psychological Society.

The aims of this unit are to build on the biological and cognitive components of our Year 1 Foundations of Psychology course. The unit will further students’ understanding of the methodological approaches used to study the central nervous system and how these methods can provide psychological insights. It will address key issues in cognitive psychology, drawing on evidence from behavioural experiments and neuroscience.

Intended learning outcomes

1) Describe contemporary theories and findings in Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

2) Give examples of methodological approaches used in Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

3) Apply knowledge of Cognitive and Biological Psychology to understand human behaviour.

4) Recognise the conceptual and historical roots of Cognitive and Biological Psychology.

Teaching details

Lectures, seminars, drop-in support sessions.

Assessment Details

1 x 1600 word essay (50%)

1 x 3 hour exam (50%)

Reading and References

Textbook guidance for introduction to material, but the majority of essential reading will be various journal articles that will be provided at the start of the unit.