Cognition in Clinical Contexts

Module code: C8508
Level 4
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Practical, Lecture
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module will introduce you to the aims, methods, theories and empirical findings associated with a scientific approach to studying the human mind. You 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 current 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 and effectively communicate via a written lab report an empirical investigation using methodologies and experimental stimuli typically employed in cognitive psychology research.