Psychology of Digital Technology
In this module you’ll be introduced to current issues in the design, evaluation and use of the information in the work place. You’ll cover theoretical approaches to cognition Human Computer Interaction (HCI) design methods, how new technologies shape organisations, and ways that the usability of technology can be assessed. There will also be discussion on why technologies are not always beneficial. You’ll have two hours of lecture weekly for this module.
Cognitive Development and Learning
This module will cover modern versions of nativist and empiricist theories of cognitive development. It will provide an evaluation of these theories using behavioural, clinical and neuro-physiological evidence from a range of domains including understanding of numbers, conceptions of the physical world, drawing and musical skills, spoken and written language development and perceptual development. You’ll have two hours of lecture per week for this module.
Forensic and Mental Health
In this module you’ll receive an introduction in this growing area of psychology, with a focus on criminality. The module will concentrate on offending behaviours, typical categorisation of those who commit crimes or harm themselves, standard interventions for offenders and the neuroscience of offending. The course will also cover the current research on specific offending behaviours, and examine the role of the criminal justice system and health service in dealing with individuals who offend. You’ll have two hours of lectures per week for this module.
The aim of this course is to introduce you to the concept of abnormal psychology and the application of psychology in clinical settings. The course will illustrate how psychological models are developed and how they are applied in developing interventions. The emphasis will be on examining theory and evaluation of interventions for a number of disorders/clinical issues. During this module you’ll have two hours of lectures weekly.
Altruism, Cooperation and Helping
The course will cover theories and models of altruism, cooperation and helping from the perspective of psychology, economics and evolutionary biology. The course will consider why people sometimes don’t help and actively try to benefit from others (e.g., Free-riding) and apply these models to anti-social behaviour, and how we cooperate to inflict injury on other groups. You’ll also examine models of helping others, but also why people ask for help. You’ll look at how charities implement some of these principles and if they are successful. There will be two hours per week of lectures for this module.
Neuropsychology of action: The body in the brain
In this module you’ll examine the psychological and neural basis for the planning and control of human action, with a focus on hand-directed movements. You’ll have an introduction to scientific research and will learn the multi-disciplinary nature of research into human behaviour. This module will give you an insight into the areas of experimental psychology, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neuropsychology, and functional brain-imaging. You’ll have two hours of lectures weekly.
This course provides an introduction to the contexts in which educational psychologists operate by examining the historical development of this profession within a set of major legislative and policy contexts, such as the recent drive to increase social inclusion. The module will concentrate on assessment and intervention work with specific populations such as young people who display challenging behaviour in schools, vulnerable adolescents, and bilingual learners. You’ll also examine psychological approaches to group work with teachers and pupils as well as the application of system theory in helping transform aspects of schools and other organisations. There will be two hour lectures per week for this module.
Neuropsychology and Applied Neuroimaging
In this module you’ll examine the deficits seen in individuals who have suffered brain damage. You will learn about the impairments of language, memory, perception, attention, motor control, executive control and emotion. This course evaluates both the clinical and theoretical aspects of these syndromes. In particular, you will evaluate the implications regarding how the healthy brain functions. There is two hours per week of lectures for this module.
Mechanisms of Learning and Psychopathology
Supported by lectures, seminars and tutorials, this module aims to provide you with an understanding of the mechanisms of learning and memory in human and non-human animals, and an analysis of pathological conditions involving these systems. You’ll study topics that include: perceptual learning, the contextual and attentional modulation of learning and behaviour as well as more neuroscientifically focused topics such as the role of the hippocampus in memory. Clinical topics include: the acquisition of phobias, memory discords, the psychological side effects of cancer treatment, and depression.