PSYC3317 Cognitive Neuroscience

Credit
6 points
Offering

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2021UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Psychological Science major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
  • 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
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Incompatibility:
PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience
Contact hours
lectures: 1 x 2-hour session per week (for 12 weeks); labs/tutorials: 1 x 2 hours (for 5 weeks);
Note
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Students are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They also require to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
Texts

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

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