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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.323
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: SOWDEN PT Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Available to final year PSY/APS students. Runs in semester one only.

Assessment Pattern

1) Contribution to student-led discussions and general participation in class (25%).

2) 2000 word ctitical evaluation of a research article (75%).

Module Overview

All Level 2 Psychology modules.

Module Aims

To develop skills in analysing, critiquing and discussing research using contemporary work in cognitive, affective and creative neuroscience as a basis for discussion.

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to lead and engage in critical discussion of research articles.  Students will be able to provide written critical analysis of research articles.  Students will be aware of contemporary research themes in cognitive and affective neuroscience.

Module Content

Topics to include : 
1. Brain imaging research methods.
2. The plasticity of the brain including recovery from brain damage.
3. The cognitive neuroscience of perception.
4. Musical emotion and neuroscience.
5. The neuroscience of creativity.
6. The neuroscience of love.

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Student-led small group discussions.
Students will be involved in developing their own ground rules for the discussions and criteria for assessing participation.  Prior to each session students will read a journal article provided by the module convenor.  Articles will be selected to be short, engaging and because of their significant impact on the field.  All students will be expected to read the article before the seminar.   All students will be expected to engage in guided discussion during sessions.   These discussions will call for critical evaluation of the article, consideration of its relationship to the general research area, and of other explanations. 

Selected Texts/Journals
A full list of potential articles for discussion will be distributed at the beginning of the semester. Typical articles might be :
Bavelier, D., Dye, M.W.G. & Hauser, P.C.(2006) Do deaf individualssee better? Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10 512-518.
Blood A, and Zatorre, R (2001). Intensely pleasurable responses to music correlate with activity in brain regions implicated in reward and emotion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 98, 11818-11823.
Busey, T.A. and Oftus, G.R. (2007) Cognitive science and the law.  Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 11, 111-117.
Dietrich, A. (2007). Who's afraid of a cognitive neuroscience of creativity? Methods, 42, 22-27.
Fisher, H., Aron, A., and Brown, L.L. (2005) Romantic Love: An fMRI study of a Neural Mechanism for Mate Choice.  Journal of Comparative Neurology, 493, 58-62.
Green, C.S. and Bavelier, D. (2003) Action video game modifies visual selective attention.   Nature, 423, 534-537. 
Haynes, J. and Rees, G (2006) Decoding mental states from brain activity in humans.   Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 7, 523-534.
Ramachandran, V.S. and Hubbard, E.M. (2003) Hearing colours, tasting shapes.  Scientific American, 288, 52-59.
Rorden, C. and Karnath, HO (2004). Using human brain lesions to infer function : a relic from a past era in the fMRI age? Nature Reviews - Neuroscience, 5, 813-819. 

Journals include : 
Current Biology
Nature Neuroscience
Nature Reviews - Neuroscience
Psychological Science
Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Trends in Neurosciences

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