Human brain-behaviour relationships and mechanisms of attention, memory, and cognition.
Cognitive psychology is the science of the mind and the mental processes used for interacting with the environment and internal thought. Damage to the brain can compromise cognition, and the resulting deficits can provide insight into the normal function of the brain. We will study cognitive processes, including the methods by which information is normally represented, retrieved and used, as well as the cognitive and behavioural changes that occur as a result of damage to the underlying neural machinery. Brain disease and its impact on cognitive functions will be examined. Topics covered include visual processing, object recognition, attention, executive function, memory, language and motor control.
|Paper title||Cognition and Neuropsychology|
|Teaching period||Semester 1 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- PSYC 210 and PSYC 211 and PSYC 212
- PSYC 314
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- For Neuroscience students the prerequisite is PSYC211.
With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in each of PSYC 210 and 212 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-328 concurrently with PSYC 211.
With departmental approval, a student who has achieved a grade of at least B+ in PSYC 211 may take no more than one of PSYC 313-328 concurrently with PSYC 210 and 212.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Psychology's website
- Teaching staff
- Dr Liana Machado
- Paper Structure
This paper involves lectures. Topics covered include:
- Visual processing
- Object recognition
- Executive function
- Motor control
Internal Assessment involves one test and one report (25% each).
Internal assessment contributes 50% to the final grade.
- Teaching Arrangements
- One 1-hour lecture and one 2-hour lecture per week.
Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind (5th International Student Edition) ISBN 9780393667813, Gazzaniga, Michael et al, John Wiley & Sons 2013
Recommended readings will be assigned during the course of the paper.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics,
Information literacy, Self-motivation.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will develop an understanding of the functional organisation of the brain, cognitive mechanisms and the impact of both healthy ageing and neuropathology on cognitive functioning.