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Postgraduate Course: Language Behaviours, Brains and Cognition: Principles and Approaches (PSYL11073)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPsychology Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionWe will consider speaking, listening, and reading in relation to brains and cognition.

In this course we will review the techniques and the approaches that are available for studying how brains underwrite language behaviours. We will look at the principles of all types of imaging, at response time experiments, at cognitive impairment, and computational cognitive modelling. These approaches will be discussed in the context of the latest empirical research.

This is a stand-alone course but has also been designed as a precursor to Language, Behaviours, Brains and Cognition: Data and Theories. The goal is to reflect an Edinburgh view of language research.

Formative feedback available;
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Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Block 1 (Sem 1), Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 87 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
To understand how psychologists and other cognitive scientists confront the multidimensional nature of human language behaviours experimentally and theoretically. To understand the strengths and weaknesses of a particular approach, or cluster of approaches, with respect to the rest of the field. The student may use this course to select a research paradigm for further work at MSc project level or potentially at PhD level.
Assessment Information
One 2500 word essay

Assignment deadline: Monday 11th November 2013, 12 noon
Word limit: 3000 maximum
Return deadline: Tuesday 3rd December 2013
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus Lecture 1 Reading, listening and speaking; the nature of the problem
Lecture 2 Language exotica; some of the wilder shores of language use
Lecture 3 Systematicity, the brain, and language
Lecture 4 Reading, listening and speaking; the nature of the brain¿s solution
Lecture 5 The nature of theorising and modelling; how we abstract
Lecture 6 What can all of the imaging techniques tell us?
Lecture 7 Connectionist modelling approaches
Lecture 8 Eye movements and reading
Lecture 9 Impaired readers, listeners and speakers
Lecture 10 Interfacing with formal linguistics; syntactic processing
Transferable skills Students will acquire the capacity to find material in the research literature and to evaluate it with respect to the current goals of the field; they will gain practice in synthesising information and re-presenting it.
Reading list There is no set textbook. The suggested readings will be a mix of influential older research papers and current research papers, and will be electronically available at the start of the course.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Richard Shillcock
Tel: (0131 6)50 4425
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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