Postgraduate Course: Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology (PSYL11048)
|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
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||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||This course will provide an introduction to Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology. In cognitive ageing individual differences and experimental psychology approaches will be included. A wide range of determinants of cognitive ageing will be considered, informed by genetic and brain imaging studies and including medical (including endocrine), lifestyle and social effects. Relevant animal studies are considered. Cognitive epidemiology addresses the association between early life intelligence and morbidity and mortality.
Topics included are...
Cognitive ageing and cognitive epidemiology: an introduction.
The ageing brain: What's in our genes?
Pathological aspects of cognitive ageing.
Human cognitive ageing: individual differences.
Human cognitive ageing: human cognitive neuroscience.
Animal models of cognitive ageing.
Stress, steroids and cognitive ageing.
MRI, white matter and cognitive ageing.
Associations in (cognitive) epidemiology: four reasons to distrust what you see.
Statistical issues in brain ageing: What's individual, what's ageing?
Essay preparation / information / session part-way through the semester
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
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|Course Start Date
|Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
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
|By the end of the course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the phenomena of cognitive ageing and cognitive epidemiology.
2. Critically evaluate studies examining the determinants of cognitive ageing in humans and animals.
3. Critically evaluate studies in the field of cognitive epidemiology.
4. Understand and apply the research methods of psychology (including individual differences and experimental psychology) and epidemiology to cognitive ageing and cognitive epidemiology.
4. Consider pursuing a topic in cognitive ageing and cognitive epidemiology in more detail for the course essay.
|One 3,000 word essay|
Assignment deadline: Thursday 16th January 2014, 12 noon
Word limit: 3000 maximum
Return deadline: Friday 7th February 2014
|Keywords||Intelligence, Memory, Aging, Epidemiology, Individual differences, Information processing, Neuroendo
|Course organiser||Prof Ian Deary
Tel: (0131 6)50 3452
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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