Brain & Behaviour I - PSY00002C

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  • Department: Psychology
  • Module co-ordinator: Prof. Beth Jefferies
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: C
  • Academic year of delivery: 2019-20

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Autumn Term 2019-20 to Spring Term 2019-20

Module aims

·Everything that goes on in the mind, the way we see, feel, remember and act, is constrained by the way the brain works. The aim of this module is to provide a framework for understanding the link between brain and behaviour. The module will begin by outlining the principles of neuroscience and their importance in studying cognitive functions. This will lead to an overview of how brain and behaviour is shaped by an individual’s emotions, motivation and the social context that necessarily accompanies any human activity.

Module learning outcomes

  • ·give an account of the organization of the nervous system
  • ·describe how cognitive processes can be explored in neural terms
  • understand the basic principles of neuroimaging techniques
  • ·provide an overview of principles underlying sensory processing
  • ·give an account of the neural mechanisms underlying social cognition

Module content

In Year 1 the aim is to provide a framework for understanding the link between brain and behaviour. We will begin by outlining the principles of neuroscience and their importance in studying cognitive functions. This will lead to an overview of how brain and behaviour is shaped by an individual’s emotions, motivation and the social context that necessarily accompanies any human activity.

  • TB1: Principles of neuroscience and their importance in studying cognitive functions
  • TB2: Dementia and the brain: A practical application of cognitive neuroscience
  • TB3: Principles of Sensory Processing
  • TB4: The Social and Emotional Brain

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Practical
N/A 25
University - closed examination
Brain & Behaviour I (paper 1)
1 hours 37.5
University - closed examination
Brain & Behaviour I (paper 2)
1 hours 37.5

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
Practical
N/A 25
University - closed examination
Brain & Behaviour I (paper 1)
1 hours 37.5
University - closed examination
Brain & Behaviour I (paper 2)
1 hours 37.5

Module feedback

The marks on all assessed work will be provided on e-vision.

Indicative reading

The Brain & Behaviour strand uses the same two text books throughout Years 1 and 2.



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