Brain, Behaviour and Cognition

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Brain, Behaviour and Cognition

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Applied Behavioral Science, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Prior university-level study of psychology.

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    0
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    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
    behaviour.

    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
    ? Feeding
    ? Cognitive development through the lifespan

    Teaching: 2-hour lectures weekly

    Assessment:
    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

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