Attention: Distraction, daydreaming and diversity (C8895)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

The extent to which we are able to control and focus attention can profoundly impact our daily lives, from our academic performance to our personal safety during driving. Why do some people appear to find it easier to avoid distraction than others? Why do some people find their attention powerfully drawn to particular things?

To address these issues, this module first draws on current theories of attention to consider which mechanisms might influence individual differences in attention. We will then apply this theoretical framework to explore the evidence in relation to a range of individual differences factors that have been associated with attention, including affective traits, addiction, cultural differences and neurodiversity. The module also has a strong focus on strengthening research skills such as the critical analysis of research studies in the field.

Teaching

91%: Lecture
9%: Practical (Workshop)

Assessment

100%: Coursework (Portfolio, Report, Test)

Contact hours and workload

We’re currently reviewing contact hours for modules and will update with further information as soon as it is available.

This module is running in the academic year 2020/21. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.

Courses

This module is offered on the following courses: