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PSYC429 Advanced Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience

Exploration of methodological, empirical and theoretical issues in areas of cognitive neuroscience.

Students will gain knowledge that will help prepare them for future challenges in the workforce associated with career positions in brain sciences, psychology, health sciences, and science communication. It will also develop understanding related to technological innovations aimed toward the improvement of health (in particular, brain health), brain function, diseases of the brain and central nervous system, and effective regulation of cognitive and perceptual processes. Critical thinking skills, used and developed within the context of the interpretation of methods and findings of experiments, will facilitate similar development of skills relevant to numerous career paths including those directly relevant to Cognitive Neuroscience, and those in a range of other disciplines which require effective communication, critical thinking, and self-motivation.

Paper title Advanced Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
Paper code PSYC429
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.0833
Points 10 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $704.22
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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PSYC 471

Entry into Psychology 400-level normally requires a major in Psychology, a B+ average or higher in Psychology 300-level papers, and a pass in PSYC 311 Quantitative Methods. We highly recommend that students have completed PSYC 310. Students from other universities must show evidence of an equivalent level of competence.

For Neuroscience students, the prerequisites are met by completion of the requirements for a BSc in Neuroscience with an average grade of at least B+ in 300-level Neuroscience papers.


Professor David Bilkey

Teaching staff

Lecturer: Professor David Bilkey

Paper Structure

Lectures and/or seminar introductions will be given by Professor David Bilkey, and the students will participate in, and lead, seminars based on research, usually from papers published in the top international journals during the last 5 years, with Professor Bilkey leading seminars and/or providing accompanying lectures as needed to assist student learning and understanding. Topics will include key areas of cognitive neuroscience, but with particular focus on the methods and research design used across those areas.

Where students select papers to present they will follow guidelines that will be provided in the syllabus at the start of the course.


There are no required textbooks. Students will be supplied with the readings by the Lecturer via internet and/or Blackboard. Students will also be required to find their own research articles for some sessions and will also find articles for internal assessments (class presentations and written essays).

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Self-motivation.
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Learning Outcomes

There are likely to be numerous learning outcomes, but most relevant are to: Demonstrate in-depth understanding of the central concepts, theories, and current areas of Cognitive Neuroscience through the study of examples of research from a range of topics covered in the field.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 9-14, 16, 18-22