Postgraduate Course: Frontal lobe functions (PSYL11028)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The course will provide an overview of acquired deficits following damage to the frontal lobes of the brain. Evidence predominantly from neurological patients but some functional neuroimaging of healthy individuals will be related where possible. Specific areas include disorders of attention, executive function, memory and social cognition that arise after lesions in specific regions of the frontal lobes.
Different theoretical views of frontal lobe function will also be discussed such as the supervisory system model and the somatic marker hypothesis.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| Students should have a background in neuropsychology / cognitive psychology. This course is only open to students on the MSc programme in Human Cognitive Neuropsychology, although other students may be permitted to take the course at the discretion of the course organiser.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
||Block 3 (Sem 2)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||One 3,000 word essay
||Small group discussions at the end of every lecture and tutorials.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- understand the impairments typically associated with frontal lobe damage
- discuss some of the issues regarding the neuropsychological assessment of executive functions, memory and social cognition
- examine the impact of research on brain damaged patients on current theories of frontal lobe function
- critically analyse the impact of research on frontal lobe functions using brain damaged patients and the neuroimaging of healthy individuals
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Frontal Lobes,Neuropsychological Disorders
|Course organiser||Dr Sarah Macpherson
Tel: (0131 6)50 9862
|Course secretary||Miss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188