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PSYC3014: Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience

This unit of study will focus on approaches to studying neurosciences incorporating molecular, pre-clinical and clinical models of brain function. These biological models of brain function will be linked with behavioural, affective and cognitive function and dysfunction. The implications of focal cognitive deficits in neurological patients for models of normal cognitive function will also be explored. Specific topics to be covered will be selected from the following areas: sensorimotor integration and the neural and molecular basis of learning and memory, attention, language, visual cognition and praxis. In addition to lectures, a practical component will cover basic neuroanatomy and neuroscientific methods. The practical component will also introduce students to experimental and neuropsychological approaches to studying the relationship between brain and behaviour.

Code PSYC3014
Academic unit Psychology Academic Operations
Credit points 6
[(PSYC2010 or PSYC2910 or PSYC2011 or PSYC2911 or PSYC2015 or PSYC2915) and 6 credit points from (PSYC2012 or PSYC2013 or PSYC2014 or PSYC2016 or PSYC2017)] OR [(PSYC2010 or PSYC2910 or PSYC2011 or PSYC2911 or PSYC2015 or PSYC2915) and (ANAT2010 or ANAT2910 or MEDS2005)]

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. demonstrate basic knowledge and understanding of major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience.
  • LO2. develop an awareness of the applications of the theories and research findings in learning, memory, language, perception and action, computational modeling and sleep.
  • LO3. understand, apply and evaluate basic research methods in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, including design of laboratory and clinical research, data collection, analysis and interpretation, literature searches and review. Demonstrate an understanding of technologies used to study brain function and activity.
  • LO4. demonstrate critical and creative thinking, skeptical inquiry, and the scientific approach to solve problems related to the neuroscientific bases of behaviour. Develop ability to identify and evaluate the purposes, research questions, data, perspectives, inferences, concepts, implications and assumptions associated with research presented during the course.
  • LO5. value empirical evidence; tolerate ambiguity during the search for greater understanding of behaviour and knowledge structures.
  • LO6. use information in an ethical manner, be able to recognise and promote ethical practice in research and clinical interventions and respect diversity associated with cognitive and neurological disorders.
  • LO7. demonstrate sound communication skills in behavioural and cognitive neuroscience, including i) writing effectively in a variety of formats and for a variety of purposes; (ii) effective oral communication skills in various formats and for various purposes; (iii) collaborating effectively in a group to complete projects.