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Postgraduate Course: Language Behaviours, Brains and Cognition: Data and Theories (PSYL11074)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryWe will consider speaking, listening, and reading in relation to brains and cognition.

In this course we will review the latest theorising concerning speaking, listening, and reading, the goal being to understand the detailed content of these activities, and how that content is supported by the anatomical and computational nature of human brains.
Course description This is a stand-alone course but has also been designed to complement Language Behaviours, Brains and Cognition: Principles and Approaches. The goal is to reflect an Edinburgh view of language research.

Lecture 1 Brain structures and behaviours for reading
Lecture 2 Brain structures and behaviours for listening
Lecture 3 Brain structures and behaviours for speaking
Lecture 4 The corpus callosum and language
Lecture 5 The cerebral hemispheres and language
Lecture 6 Visual information processing and language
Lecture 7 Memory, attention and language
Lecture 8 The dyslexias and dyspahsias
Lecture 9 Synaesthesia and language
Lecture 10 Autism and language
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Block 2 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
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 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) One 2500 word essay

Assignment deadline: Thursday 10th December 2015, 12 noon
Word limit: 3000 maximum
Return deadline: 15th January 2016
Feedback One-to-one advice on essay topic and direction available on request. Comments provided on submitted assessments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
To understand how to construct a research programme around some aspect of current research in speaking, listening, and reading, so that the student understands the state of the art and can make proposals for further work, potentially at MSc project level or at PhD level.
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.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and 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.
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures as scheduled
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Richard Shillcock
Tel: (0131 6)50 4425
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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