Postgraduate Course: Language Behaviours, Brains and Cognition: Principles and Approaches (PSYL11073)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Psychology
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||We 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;
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||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
|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Feedback/Feedforward Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info)
|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.
|One 2500 word essay|
Assignment deadline: Monday 11th November 2013, 12 noon
Word limit: 3000 maximum
Return deadline: Tuesday 3rd December 2013
||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
||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.
||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.
|Course organiser||Dr Richard Shillcock
Tel: (0131 6)50 4425
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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