Psychology

Attention: An individual differences perspective

Module code: C8895
Level 6
15 credits in autumn teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Workshop, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework, Report

This module offers you an overview of attention research and theory, from an individual differences perceptive. You will learn about a wide range of factors that can influence the ability to focus and maintain attention.

Topics covered may include:

  • The relationship betweeen IQ, cognitive control and attention
  • Attentional effects of individual differences in perception
  • Age-related changes in attention
  • Mind wandering
  • Attentional biases associated with depression, addiction and anxiety
  • Clinical syndromes associated with attention problems (eg Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).

The module will also cover key measures and methods used, and provide training in the critical analysis of research studies in the field.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate ability to identify and explain a wide range of factors underlying individual differences in attention
  • Demonstrate ability to critically evaluate the design and methodology of research studies in this field
  • Apply the above knowledge and skills to identifying specific directions for future research in this field