The module is one of several taught modules on the MSc Neuroscience and will further develop the students’ knowledge of cognitive neuroscience gained from the compulsory modules in fundamental neuroscience, especially modules A3. By focusing on current research in this area, the module will also enhance the student’s understanding of research methods and so improve their ability to undertake a successful MSc research project. It will introduce students to the range of methods used in cognitive neuroscience including functional neuroanatomy in health and disease. Students will then be introduced to relevant theoretical concepts and exciting new evidence on neuroscience of various cognitive domains, cognitive development across the life span, and cognitive recovery and rehabilitation after brain damage. Other lectures will cover the effects of sex, drugs, genes and personality in cognition and the neural basis of these effects and the neuroscience of social cognition which includes our ability to recognise emotions and think about them from another person’s perspective.
The module will place a strong emphasis on enabling students to critically appraise the relevant scientific literature and is compulsory for those students wishing to specialise in this subject area
The aim is to develop the student’s ability to understand and to interpret scientific literature specific to research in cognitive neuroscience. Students completing this module in combination with Module C7 Research Project in Cognitive Neuroscience will be equipped to make an informed career choice, either in further postgraduate education (eg PhD) or employment related to developmental neurobiology. Alternatively, students may wish to choose a research project in a different subject area leading to an understanding of research activities in two neuroscience fields.
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