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Unit information: Brain and Cognition in 2021/22

Unit name Brain and Cognition
Unit code PSYC20007
Credit points 40
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Nick Scott-Samuel
Open unit status Not open




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


The unit covers a number of topics in cognitive neuroscience. 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 in
Biological and Cognitive Psychology 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

Self-paced online asynchronous content will be supported by live synchronous seminars. During "teaching weeks" different groups of students engage with the content from different lecturers for that week (including the synchronous seminar that week). The coursework essay is supported by an essay guidance tutorial where students can seek feedback on their essay plan. Additional support from lecturers is available throughout the unit through the forum and drop-in sessions. A synchronous essay feedback seminar is scheduled once the essay marks have been returned.

Assessment Details

1 x 1600 word essay (50%) and 1 x open book timed assessment where students are required to answer 3 out of 6 questions (50%)


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