School of Psychology

Cognition in Clinical Contexts (C8508)

Cognition in Clinical Contexts

Module C8508

Module details for 2013/14.

15 credits

FHEQ Level 4

Module Outline

This module will introduce students to the aims, methods, theories and empirical findings associated with a scientific approach to studying the human mind. Students will learn how psychologists develop models of cognitive function that are tested against data from behavioural studies of healthy individuals, as well as from individuals with brain damage or psychopathology. After an introductory lecture covering the historical background to cognitive psychology and the main methodological approaches taken the module will proceed to cover five core topics: perception, attention, thinking, memory, and language. Each topic will begin with one or two background lectures that introduce key concepts and experimental approaches. The background lectures are then typically followed by a lecture which addresses the topic from a neuropsychological approach, considering how that aspect of cognition is affected by brain injury; covering material such as agnosia, neglect, and amnesia. Additional lectures will address the topics from a more psychopathological approach, for example examining the role of attentional biases in anxiety. The module concludes with four lectures considering cognition in the broader context of behaviour and behavioural control.

Module learning outcomes

Demonstrate an understanding of scientific approaches to studying the human mind.

Demonstrate knowledge of key terms and concepts within the field of cognitive psychology.

Demonstrate knowledge of how cognitive function can break down as a result of brain injury and / or psychopathology.

Conduct an empirical investigation using methodologies and experimental stimuli typically employed in cognitive psychology research.

Unseen ExaminationSemester 1 Assessment70.00%
Coursework components. Weighted as shown below.
Laboratory ReportT1 Week 11 100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


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

TermMethodDurationWeek pattern
Autumn SemesterLecture1 hour222222222222
Autumn SemesterPractical2 hours000101010000

How to read the week pattern

The numbers indicate the weeks of the term and how many events take place each week.

Dr Catherine Hall

Assess convenor

Dr Ryan Scott

Convenor, Assess convenor

Dr Jenny Bosten

Assess convenor

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