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PSYC211 Brain and Cognition

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
Paper code PSYC211
Subject Psychology
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,080.30
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,858.95

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PSYC 111 and PSYC 112
PSYC 201
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
(i) For Neuroscience students the prerequisite is PSYC 111. (ii) A student who has attempted one only of PSYC 111 and 112, 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 PSYC 203, 210-212.

Professor David Bilkey

Teaching staff
Lecturers: Professor David Bilkey and Dr Liana Machado
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 and a laboratory book. 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 compulsory laboratory classes.

Recommended Reading:

  • 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.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will develop an understanding of cognitive behaviour, its biological basis and relevant research methods.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41
Tuesday 12:00-12:50 28-34, 36-41


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
A1 Monday 09:00-10:50 29-34, 36-40
A2 Monday 13:00-14:50 29-34, 36-40
A3 Monday 17:00-18:50 29-34, 36-40
A4 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 29-34, 36-40
A5 Tuesday 13:00-14:50 29-34, 36-40
A6 Tuesday 15:00-16:50 29-34, 36-40
A7 Tuesday 19:00-20:50 29-34, 36-40
A8 Wednesday 13:00-14:50 29-34, 36-40
A9 Wednesday 15:00-16:50 29-34, 36-40
A10 Wednesday 17:00-18:50 29-34, 36-40
A11 Thursday 09:00-10:50 29-34, 36-40
A12 Thursday 13:00-14:50 29-34, 36-40
A13 Thursday 15:00-16:50 29-34, 36-40
A14 Thursday 17:00-18:50 29-34, 36-40
A15 Friday 09:00-10:50 29-34, 36-40
A16 Friday 12:00-13:50 29-34, 36-40