PSYC309 Cognitive Affective and Social Neuroscience

Updated: 21 March 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Online
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites 18cp at 200/300 level in PSYC or permission of head of school
Co-requisites PSYC202
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Graham Jamieson (
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.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate the overall organisation of functionally specialised brain regions which mediate volition and motor control, self awareness, memory, language, social perception and conscious awareness;
  2. demonstrate 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. apply and communicate some of the core data analysis methods employed in cognitive, affective and social neuroscience.