Brain, Behaviour and Cognition
Area of Study
Applied Behavioral Science, Psychology
Taught In English
Prior university-level study of psychology.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits4
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units0
Hours & Credits
This module will cover major topics within the field of cognitive psychology, and will
examine the relationship between brain function and our understanding of cognition and
behaviour. The module will introduce key theoretical explanations proposed to account
for human cognition and introduce students to some real-life applications of cognitive
psychology. The module will also introduce students to the structure and function of the
nervous system before examining the contribution of specialised brain structures to
cognitive functions such as perception, attention, language, memory and decision
making, and behaviours such as motivation, emotion and sleep. Finally the module will
examine the effect of hormones, drugs and neurological dysfunction on cognition and
AUTUMN SEMESTER summary:
? Methods and strategies in brain research
? The nervous system
? How drugs affect behaviour
? Hormones and behaviour
? Introduction to cognitive psychology
? Visual perception
? Attention and consciousness
? Working memory
? Every day memory
SPRING SEMESTER summary:
? Long-term memory and general knowledge
? Biopsychology of memory and learning
? Language comprehension
? Language production
? Problem solving and creativity
? Reasoning and decision making
? Biopsychology of emotion
? Cognitive development through the lifespan
Teaching: 2-hour lectures weekly
STUDY OPTION 1:
? 1000 word literature review (40%)
? 2 hour exam (60%)
STUDY OPTION 2 or 3: portfolio
Study Option 1 = Whole Year
Study Option 2 = Autumn
Study Option 3 = Spring/summer
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.
Some courses may require additional fees.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.