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2010/1 Module Catalogue
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PSY3060
Level: HE3 Module Co-ordinator: CATMUR C Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability
Runs once in semester two.
Assessment Pattern
1) 2000-word coursework essay [25%];
2) 90-minute exam [75%].
Module Overview
All level one and level two core Psychology/APS modules are prerequisites.
Module Aims
This course aims to introduce students to the neural bases of a wide range of social cognitive processes. The interactions between these processes and brain changes due to disease, developmental disorders, and individual differences will also be investigated. The course aims to enable students to assess the literature in these areas on both its technical and theoretical
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students should be able to describe how techniques from cognitive neuroscience have improved our understanding of social cognition; and conversely, how theories of social cognition have influenced our understanding of the brain. They should be able to engage in critical discussion of studies in this area, and describe their relevance
to clinical and other applied settings.
Module Content
Topics will include: person perception (e.g. face, biological motion, and emotion perception); the self and the other (e.g. impression management, self/other distinction, self knowledge, attribution); mirroring the other (e.g. the mirroring of actions (imitation), emotions (empathy), and thoughts (theory of mind)); automaticity (priming of attitudes, behaviours, etc.);
social interaction (stereotypes, co-operation, social exclusion, complementary behaviour, deception, etc.). The effects of brain damage, developmental and psychiatric disorders, and individual differences on these topics will also be addressed.
Methods of Teaching/Learning
Lectures and seminars.
Selected Texts/Journals
As this is a relatively new area of psychology, there isn’t a core text book. Reading lists will be provided for each lecture, but students will be expected and encouraged to read more widely, especially from the journals listed below .
Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience; 
Social Cognition; 
Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience; 
Social Neuroscience

also more general journals including but not limited to 
Journal of Experimental Social Psychology; 
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience; 
Trends in Cognitive Sciences; 
Current Biology; 
Nature Neuroscience.
Last Updated
July 2010