School of Psychology

Sensory and Motor Functions (C8835)

Sensory and Motor Functions of the Nervous System

Module C8835

Module details for 2012/13.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

Perceiving and acting upon the environment is something that humans are expert at. How does this amazing and seemingly effortless ability to represent and act on visual and other sensory entities come about? Cognitive neuroscience is a diverse and interdisciplinary field of study that investigates the complex interplay of mental and brain function. This module will provide in-depth survey and analysis of behavioural observations (psychophysics), electrophysiological studies and theoretical accounts on selected topics in cognitive neuroscience. Topics will include: connections between sensory and motor function, cross-modal interaction, movement and event perception, development and plasticity of the nervous system, neural prediction and visual constancies & compensation. Among the sensory modalities the focus will be on vision.

Module learning outcomes

Display knowledge in the broad areas of Perception, Cognition, Action and Neuroscience.

Display intermediate-level knowledge of how research is conducted in the area of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Display critical thinking and independent thinking skills. Knowledge of experimentation in psychophysics and neuroscience.

Display an ability to analyze, synthesize and summarize the subject matter.

Essay (3000 words)End of Year Assessment Week 1 Mon 16:0070.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
EssayT2 Week 3 100.00%

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Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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