Biopsychology, sensation and perception, and cognitive processes.
In this paper, we will examine cognitive behaviour and its biological basis. Topics will include sensation and perception, learning and memory, executive function and motor control. We will consider these abilities and their underlying brain mechanisms across the developmental spectrum (from infancy to advanced ageing), as well as in populations with neurological conditions.
|Paper title||Brain and Cognition|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,141.35|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- PSYC 111 and PSYC 112
- PSYC 201
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- (i) For Neuroscience students the prerequisite is PSYC111. (ii) With departmental approval, a student who has attempted one only of PSYC111 and PSYC112, but who has achieved a grade of at least B and has passed additional papers worth at least 90 points, may take the other 100-level PSYC paper concurrently with any of PSYC203, PSYC210-PSYC212.
- More information link
- View more information on the Department of Psychology's website
- Teaching staff
- Paper Structure
This paper involves laboratories and lectures. Topics covered include:
- Sensation and perception
- Learning and memory
- Executive function
- Motor control
Laboratory Work: Psychology is an empirical subject, and laboratory work is an important part of it. Topics in the laboratory programme are related to those covered in the lectures.
- Internal assessment involves two written assignments. Internal assessment contributes 50% to the final grade
- External assessment involves a two-hour multiple-choice exam at the end of the term
- Teaching Arrangements
Two 50-minute lectures each week (26 lectures in total) and eight laboratory classes.
- Findlay, B. (2014). How to write psychology research reports and essays (7th ed.). French Forest, NSW: Pearson Australia.
- Gazzaniga, M. S., Ivry, R. B., & Mangun, G. R. (2019). The Cognitive Neurosciences (5th ed.). International Student Edition. ISBN 9780393667813. W. W. Norton & Company Inc.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Students who successfully complete the paper will develop an understanding of cognitive behaviour, its biological basis and relevant research methods.