UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

PSYC3317 Cognitive Neuroscience

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2017UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Psychological Science; Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Design students
  • Level 3 elective
Content This unit bridges cognitive science and cognitive psychology on the one hand, and biology and neuroscience on the other. It is critical to understanding the link between the mind and brain. Cognitive neuroscience investigates all mental functions that are linked to neural processes and ranges from experiments performed in the laboratory to computer simulations, and can involve humans and animals. The unit consists of an integrated series of lectures, laboratories, reading and assessment and aims to provide a sound understanding of fundamental concepts and contemporary issues in cognitive neuroscience. It introduces the field and techniques of cognitive neuroscience and covers key concepts in vision, attention, action, memory, audition, language, emotion, development and executive functions.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) appreciate the importance of the scientific method in advancing psychological knowledge; (2) describe the neural bases of selected psychological processes; (3) understand the effect of brain damage on psychological processes and how to measure that effect; (4) critically evaluate cognitive neuroscience research; (5) understand and use research tools for studying brain function relevant to psychology; and (6) present written and oral summaries of the state of knowledge of an area of cognitive neuroscience.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) in-class assessment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Associate Professor Romina Palermo
Unit rules
Prerequisites: PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Psychological Research Methods and one other Level 2 Psychology unit
Incompatibility: PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience
Contact hours lectures: 1 x 2-hour session per week (for 12 weeks); labs/tutorials: 1 x 2 hours (for 6 weeks); project work: 16 hours
Note Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).
Texts

Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychology textbooks list.


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