PSYC309 Cognitive Affective and Social Neuroscience

Updated: 26 October 2016
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites 18cp at 200 level in PSYC including PSYC202 or 12cp at 300 level in PHIL or 18cp in PHYS or candidature in BBiomedSc and any 48cp
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Graham Jamieson (gjamieso@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Socrates challenged his listeners to know themselves. Today human neuroscience forms an indispensible part of that knowledge. This unit introduces neuroscientific discoveries addressing core human questions: How does the brain form our perceptions of the world? What is the foundation of language, our understanding of others thoughts and feelings and our sense of controlling our actions (free will)? What is the relationship between thinking and emotion? How has human evolution shaped the human brain/mind? It introduces the new technologies which have enabled the study of the living human brain such as EEG and fMRI. Finally we will consider one of the great scientific and human questions, the nature of consciousness and its place in the universe.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Principles of Cognitive Neuroscience

ISBN: 9780878935734
Purves, D., Cabeza, R., Huettel, S.A., LaBar, K.S., Platt, M.L., and Waldorff, M.G., Sinauer Associates, Inc. 2nd ed. 2013

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433805615
American Psychological Association, APA 6th ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory EEG Data Analysis Report 1 15% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 4, 5

Compulsory EEG Data Analysis Report 2 15% 1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1, 2, 4, 5

Compulsory Online Exercises 20% 1000
Assessment Notes

Weekly online exercises

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50%
Assessment Notes

Multiple choice questions and short essay

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. understand the overall organisation of functionally specialised brain regions which mediate volition and motor control, self awareness, memory, language, social perception and conscious awareness;
  2. understand the role of communication in interconnected neural networks in the integration of higher order mental processes;
  3. discuss the key contributions of vertebrate, mammalian, primate and human evolution to the structure and function of the human mind/brain;
  4. describe the use of EEG, PET and fMRI brain imaging technologies in modern psychological research; and
  5. critically assess and communicate the theoretical models, variables, experimental design and data analysis employed in contemporary experiments on the neural basis of human mental life.