This module introduces the biological and methodological basis of current approaches to sensory processing, reflexive and skilled action, emotion, language, learning, memory, and psychological disorders. It starts with a basic introduction to the structure and function of the nervous system, and then considers how we detect sensory stimulation and respond to it, how behaviour changes with experience and how new behaviours are acquired. It then moves to describing our understanding of how the brain supports psychological functions such as memory, language, emotion and goal-directed action. The final section focuses on contemporary and historical approaches to psychological disorders. The emphasis throughout the module is on showcasing the way in which behavioural and neuroscientific approaches and techniques are converging in modern investigations of mental phenomena.
This module is about the context of psychology and the psychology of individuals as they relate to others. It starts by looking at psychology’s conceptual foundations, at how the subject has evolved and at some of the contemporary issues with which it deals. Then it looks at social behaviour, especially at our dependency on each other and what is achieved through this interdependence. Then it examines cognitive and social development, and how our thinking and understanding change throughout childhood and adolescence. Finally, it looks at how we are equipped to deal with the rich world of information about us by looking at the role of memory in cognition.
This module provides an introduction to the skills and knowledge necessary for psychological investigation and the statistical analysis of psychological research data. The module covers the principles of various techniques and their procedural implementation and provides essential preparation for the projects you will do in years 2 an 3 of your degree.
All our knowledge in Psychology comes from research, and research continually refines and extends our understandings of the workings of the human mind. Practical Methods in Psychology builds your understanding of research and practical skills for research projects, which increase in importance throughout your studies in Psychology. In Practical Methods in Psychology, you will take part in ongoing research in the department (on topics like risky decisions, memory, and reading), learn technical skills through lab sessions and designed practicals (on topics like self-conscious emotions and superstition), before going on to produce your first independent project.
This module will use a mixture of lecture and practical training to provide you with the skills you need to succeed in your degree course. Topics range from the practical (how to navigate an academic environment) to the theoretical (an in-depth look at the concept of 'evidence' in science), from how to efficiently and critically dissect original research papers to the best ways to communicate scientific content in your own writing. Throughout the module, the emphasis will be on developing a coherent skill set based on a deeper understanding of empirical psychological science.
Psychology is a new science; as technology advances, our understanding of brain and behaviour seems to leap forward at an unprecedented rate. This places psychological scientists in a privileged position-we are at the forefront of this new wave of exploration and understanding.
The Topics in Psychology module aims to capture this idea. It moves away from the traditional module structure, presenting instead a collection of new and exciting developments in psychology. Each contributor to the module is an expert in the field they choose to present, and will give you a ‘snapshot’ of the topic for that session. As the module is aimed at first year level study, no prior knowledge of psychology is expected- simply an openness to the variety of research and expertise that this dynamic field can offer.
Some example sessions from the module:
Consumerism & Mental Health
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