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PSYC2025 Cognitive Neuroscience

Module Overview

This second year 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, 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:

  • Explain the link between brain structures and cognitive functions
  • Explain the traditional and contemporary theories of neuropsychological disorders
  • Explain basic techniques for measuring mind-brain relations, and the advantages and disadvantages of each
  • Understand assessment techniques in cognitive neuroscience
  • Explain communication skills


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, will be available through Blackboard, which can be accessed at:

Blended Learning22
Independent Study128
Total study time150



MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (2 hours) 97.5%
Research Participation Scheme 2.5%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite: PSYC1017

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