15 Credits SPRING

Pre-requisites: PSY6305

Aims/Description: This module is designed to enable students to explore areas of active contention in cognitive neuroscience. For example: what causes dyslexia? Do music and language utilise common systems? Where does the brain calculate reward? What role do different methodologies have in addressing these topics? The module is run as a seminar series, focussing on a single fundamental issue in cognitive neurosciene, explored from different angles. The bulk of the module is based around student-led collaborative investigation, debate and discussion in seminars. This format provide the opportunity for students to develop a position on some contemporary and unresolved issues in cognitive neuroscience, and encourages the development of the core scientific skills of team-work, communication, sceptical enquiry and critical appraisal of research findings.

Teaching Methods: Lectures, seminars
Assessment: 1 x 3000 word essay

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