Psychobiology of Cognitive Ageing and Dementia

Module code: C8833
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Presentation, Coursework, Unseen examination

This module will examine cognitive processes in older adulthood, and the neuropharmacology and neuroanatomy of normal and abnormal changes that are observed. It will describe the clinical and functional consequences of age-related changes in cognitive performance, and it will describe the risk and protective factors associated with the most common organic dementias. It will examine current treatment options and future treatment possibilities, considering both drug and psychotherapeutic options.

Module learning outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of normal and abnormal changes in cognitive processes in older adults
  • understand what biochemical and structural brain changes are associated with dementias
  • understand how physical brain changes relate to cognitive changes in normal and abnormal ageing
  • critically discuss explanations for the causes of dementia and alternative approaches to the treatment
  • produce work that demonstrates critical evaluation of psychological studies, ability to extract and summarise relevant material from original texts, and oral presentation skills.