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PSYC2025 Cognitive Neuroscience

Module Overview

This second year module will present current theories and empirical studies from a range of topics in cognitive neuroscience. Specifically, the neurological processes underlying cognitive functions such as visual attention, memory, language, emotion, spatial orientation, and reading will be examined. It will be demonstrated how neuroscientific methods such as EEG, fMRI and lesion studies can be used to examine such cognitive functions and how empirical findings using these methods contributed to models of cognitive functioning. To illustrate the neural underpinning of cognitive functions, discussion will focus on cognitive functioning in healthy human adults but also draw on special populations such as patients with cognitive deficits.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

To understand theories and methods of cognitive neuroscience and to critically evaluate empirical findings in cognitive neuroscience

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Understanding cognitive neuroscience methods
  • Understanding the link between brain structures and cognitive functions
  • Knowledge about traditional and contemporary theories of cognitive neuroscience
  • Ability to critically evaluate neuroscience findings

Syllabus

Students will be taught about cognitive functions, and neural processes underlying these functions. Specifically, the module will focus on attention, memory, executive functions, social and emotional cognition, language, spatial cognition and face/voice perception. Furthermore, neuroscientific methods such as EEG, fMRI, lesion studies etc. will be taught. A central goal will be to foster an understanding of cognitive neuroscience and neuroscientific techniques and how these inform current models of specific cognitive functions. Furthermore, the goal will be to establish an understanding of the advantages and limitations of cognitive neuroscience and the integration of various neuroscientific methods.

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, will be available through Blackboard, which can be accessed at: http://www.blackboard.soton.ac.uk.

TypeHours
Blended Learning22
Independent Study128
Total study time150

Assessment

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 98%
Research Participation Scheme 2%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PSYC1017

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