This module will give you the chance to carry out an extended piece of research from a wide range of options based on your interests. A member of academic staff will supervise you in designing, carrying out, analysing, and writing up your research. The work will be either empirical or computational in nature to test a hypothesis which can be original, or you can extend or replicate an existing study.
Cognitive Development and Autism
You will cover modern version of nativist and empiricist theories of cognitive development. It will also give you an overview of current theories which have been proposed to explain Autism Specturm Disorder. The module will provide an evaluation of these theories using behavioural, clinical and neurophysiological evidence from a range of domains including drawing and musical skills (savant skills), scientific knowledge, maths, social learning (trust and imitation) and social motivation.
Forensic and Mental Health
You will receive an introduction to 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 module 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 module is to introduce you to the concept of abnormal psychology and the application of psychology in clinical settings. The module 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
This module will cover theories and models of altruism, cooperation, and helping from the perspective of psychology, economics, and evolutionary biology. The module will consider why people sometimes don’t help and actively try to benefit from others (eg free-riding), and apply these models to anti-social behaviour, and how we cooperate to inflict injury on other groups. You will also examine models of helping others, and why people ask for help. You will 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
You will examine the psychological and neural bases for the planning and control of human action, with a focus on hand-directed movements. This module will give you an insight into the areas of experimental psychology, neurophysiology, neuroanatomy, neuropsychology, and functional brain-imaging. You will have two hours of lectures per week.
This module 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 will 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 hours of lectures per week.
Neuropsychology and Applied Neuroimaging
You will examine the deficits seen in individuals who have suffered brain damage. You will learn about the impairments to language, memory, perception, attention, motor control, executive control, and emotion. This module evaluates both the clinical and theoretical aspects of these syndromes. In particular, you will evaluate the implications regarding how the healthy brain functions. There are 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.
In the third year, you will also have one tutorial per semester, as well as individual meetings with your personal tutor.