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PSYC3060 Cognitive Neuropsychology andNeuroscience

Module Overview

This third year seminar module will present a range of neurological syndromes and examine theory, neuroanatomy and research findings for these syndromes, with the aim of demonstrating how such syndromes can act as models for normal cognitive functioning. The course will cover experimental studies of individuals with isolated brain damage, brain disease or brain developmental disorders. Discussion will draw on behavioural, (including eye movements), neuroimaging and neuroanatomical studies of special population human adult humans, to illustrate how the brain is comprised of highly specialised different neuroanatomical areas and networks that underpin different cognitive domains and processes.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To demonstrate how such syndromes can act as models for normal cognitive functioning.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Communication skills, both one to one and with an audience.
  • Basic techniques for measuring mind-brain relations, and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Giving and receiving of feedback
  • The link between brain structures and cognitive functions
  • Traditional and contemporary theories of neuropsychological disorders
  • Public speaking and team-working skills
  • Assessment techniques in neuropsychological research
  • Differential diagnosis in neuropsychology
  • The relationship between cognitive neuroscience and cognitive neuropsychology

Syllabus

Students will be taught about brain anatomy, and how specific regions have particular functions (e.g. language, memory, perception, emotion), and about how these cognitive functions are produced by neural circuits in the brain. A central goal will be to foster an understanding of the advantages and limitations of cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychological techniques and how these can be integrated to increase our understanding in this area.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Weekly lectures along with discussion workshops and some on-line learning will make up the major teaching and learning methods. There will be opportunities to experience the different recording techniques, and also to summarise and analyse recordings from these to infer cognitive processing impairments or advantages. Journal articles that highlight debate between the neuropsychology and Neuroscience fields will be discussed. Researchers working in the erp laboratories, the eye movement laboratories and those conducting research with FMRI and other imaging techniques (here at Southampton) will be asked to contribute to teaching on this module. Most module materials, including videos of the lectures hopefully), will be available through Blackboard, which can be accessed at: http://www.blackboard.soton.ac.uk.

TypeHours
Teaching150
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 99%
Research Participation 1%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal

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