- Code PSYC3015
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Psychology
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Psychology
- Areas of interest Psychology
- Academic career UGRD
- AsPr Mark Edwards
- Dr Stephanie Goodhew
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2020
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All activities that form part of this course will be delivered remotely in Sem 2 2020.
This course combines two distinct modules, one on visual neuroscience and one on cognitive neuroscience. These two topics are addressed in distinct modules because traditionally these topics have been approached in different ways, but here they are combined into a single course to highlight that considering them in synergy is the most powerful way to understand the nexus between psychological function and the brain.
Topics covered in the visual neuroscience section include: learning the practical skills in designing and running psychophysical studies, understanding the neural machinery underlying the perception of objects, depth, and motion, and an explanation of sensory and perceptual illusions and what they tell us about the brain. The cognitive neuroscience section will focus on contemporary issues and therefore the content is subject to change. Indicative examples of content include using knowledge of brain structure and function to understand visual attention and predict task performance, how the human body alters what we see and how we think, and how cognitive neuroscience can inform our understanding of neurological conditions.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Describe the fundamental concepts and major themes in visual and cognitive neuroscience, and the theories and methods that have been used to address these.
- Compare and contrast particular approaches to studying visual and cognitive neuroscience in light of their use to answer a particular research question.
- Apply critical analysis skills to evaluate research studies and conclusions
- Use conceptual and critical skills to design, execute, and interpret an experiment
- Mid semester exam (35) [LO 1,2,3]
- End-of-semester exam (35) [LO 1,2,3]
- Laboratory report (30) [LO 4]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- Face-to face component which may consist of 1 x 2 hour lecture per week and 4 x 3 hours of laboratories spread across the semester.
- Approximately 96 hours of self-study which will include preparation for lectures, presentations and other assessment tasks.
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