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PSYC3317 Cognitive Neuroscience

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective
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.
Students are able to (1) explain the importance of the scientific method in advancing psychological knowledge; (2) describe the neural bases of selected psychological processes; (3) identify the effect of brain damage on psychological processes and how to measure that effect; (4) critically evaluate cognitive neuroscience research; (5) describe 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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignments; (2) in-class assessment; and (3) test. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Romina Palermo
Unit rules
Successful completion of three Unit(s) PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain and Unit(s) PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and Unit(s) PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Unit(s) PSYC2217 Cognitive Neuroscience
Contact hours
lectures: 1 x 2-hour session per week (for 12 weeks); labs: 1 x 2 hours (for 5 weeks);
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.

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

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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.