Thought, Language & Social Cognition

Maynooth University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Thought, Language & Social Cognition

  • Host University

    Maynooth University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PS101, PS102, PS104, PS105

    Co-Requisites: PS201, PS202, PS203, PS205, PS206

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    5 - 6
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    7.5 - 9
  • Overview

    Module Content: Mental representation, imagery and concepts. Problem solving and reasoning. Symbolic and connectionist approaches to higher cognition. Language and thought. Language comprehension. Language production. Neuropsychology of language. Social cognition. Cognition and emotion. Practical work on issues in higher cognition.

    Module Objective: To examine higher cognitive processes, including reasoning and problem solving. To consider symbolic and connectionist models of cognition. To explore psycholinguistic and cognitive approaches to language. To examine the role of cognitive psychology in understanding social cognition.

    PLEASE NOTE: This 10 credit module has a mandatory practical component. The timing of these sessions is not available on the college timetable, so if you are registering for this module please check the Department of Psychology timetable included in the International Student Handbook (available from the Psychology Department office), so that you do not inadvertently have a timetabling clash.

    Learning Outcomes:

    On successful completion of the module, students should be able to:
    -Appraise the contribution of neuropsychological data to cognitive models of language;
    -Describe the key stages underlying the production and comprehension of language;
    -Evaluate accounts of the relationship between emotion and cognition;
    -Evaluate specific cognitive accounts of problem solving, representation, language and emotional processing;
    -Conduct a research practical exploring a specific topic in language processing;
    -Present the results from this practical appropriately, within the context of a research report.

    Teaching & Learning methods:
    Lectures, practicals, tutorials, planned learning activities, independent student activities. Practicals are currently timetabled on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons 2pm to 4pm. Please consult the departmental handbook for further information.

    Continuous Assessment: 40%
    University scheduled written examination: 60%

    Continuous Assessment detail(s): Essay 18 marks of 100. Practical report 22 marks of 100.

    PS101, PS102, PS104, PS105

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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.

ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.

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.