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  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 5
  • Convenor: Professor Eddy Davelaar
  • Assessment: a 1000-word essay (30%) and two-hour essay-based examination (70%)

Module description

In this module we introduce you to research into high-level cognitive functions. Starting with a historical overview of cognitive psychology we then identify theoretical and methodological issues and consider psychological concepts and research in the field of cognition.

Indicative syllabus

  • Historical perspectives
  • Learning
  • Memory
  • Reasoning
  • Problem-solving
  • Judgement and decision-making
  • Neuroscience of learning, memory and cognition

    Learning objectives

    By the end of this module, you should be able to:

    • identify the main theoretical approaches to the cognitive functions covered in the module
    • specify the main theories and concepts covered in each of the lecture topics and the phenomena on which they are based
    • critically evaluate (with reference to empirical considerations) the main theories covered in each of the lecture topics
    • provide examples of empirical techniques used in research on cognition.