Postgraduate Course: Cognitive Neuropsychology (CLPS11060)
|School||School of Health in Social Science
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will be structured around five 2.5 x hour lectures and supportive materials. It will cover topics such as: how the brain and other biological factors influence human behaviour, cognition and affect, advantages and limitations of common research methodologies used, as well as how these theories help us understand both neuropathological impairments and normal mental life.
This course provides essential coverage of clinical and cognitive neuropsychology. The course is divided into five 2.5 x hour lectures. The lectures provide students with an understanding of the relationship between brain and behaviour by analysing how patterns of spared and impaired cognitive abilities following brain damage could inform the normal architecture of the mind. The lectures and reading materials will also guide students to critically appraise the methodologies commonly used in this line of research, clinical evaluations, neuropsychological assessments, brain-imaging techniques, and physiological measures. Each lecture will include core neuropsychology or biological psychology theories and also make connections to mental health through referring to specific studies. These are intended to facilitate students to appreciation of the applications of theories and research in this area. The course is a core component of the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) but will be open to others at the discretion of the course organiser.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 12.5,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Summative assessment will be in the form of a 2-hour exam worth 100% of marks including three short answers (100-200 words) and an extended essay question (from a choice of titles).
||Formative feedback will be given during question and answer session on topics covered in the course,
Summative feedback will be given on the exam.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Cognitive Neuropsychology||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- In-depth knowledge and critical understanding of neuropsychological and biological psychology
- Psychological literacy in all aspects of students' lives
- Critical reflection on how biological and neuropsychological psychological perspectives can aid our understanding of mental health and illness
Ward, J. (2015) The student's guide to Cognitive Neuroscience. 3rd Edition. Psychology Press.
Baddeley, A., Eysenck, M.W., Anderson, M.C. (2014) Memory. Psychology Press.
Della Sala, S. (Ed.) (2007). Tall tales about the Mind and Brain. Oxford University Press.
Della Sala, S. (2010) Forgetting. Psychology Press
Gazzaniga, M.S., Ivry, R.B., Mangun, G.R. (2008). Cognitive Neuroscience. 3rd Edition. W.W. Norton & Company.
Heilman, K.M., Valenstein, E. (2011). Clinical Neuropsychology. 5th Edition. Oxford University Press.
Kolb, B., Whishaw, I.Q. (2008). Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology. 6th Edition. Worth Publishers.
Macpherson, S.E., Della Sala, S. (2015). The handbook of frontal assessment. Oxford University Press.
Rapp, B. (2002). Handbook of Cognitive Neuropsychology: What Deficits Reveal About the Human Mind. Taylor & Francis.
Shallice, T. Cooper, R.P. (2011). The organization of the mind. Oxford University Press.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Develop your research knowledge that will enable you to discuss, share, present and analyse data and information in various formats and from a range of sources
Develop your research methods and data analysis skills
Develop your critical reflection and writing skills
|Course organiser||Prof Sergio Della Sala
Tel: (0131 6)51 3242
|Course secretary||Mr Timothy Abbot
Tel: (0131 6)50 8498