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Cognitive Neuroscience and Disorders (PSYC90083)

Graduate courseworkPoints: 6.25On Campus (Parkville)

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Overview

Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codePSYC90083
Campus
Parkville
Availability
Semester 2
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The subject provides a cognitive neuroscience perspective on the brain mechanisms underlying cognitive processes that are commonly impaired in conditions confronted by neuropsychologists. The course will describe the basic cognitive neuroscience (e.g., cortical structure, function and psychopharmacology) underpinning critical cognitive processes such as memory, executive function and attention, and application to understanding dysfunction of these processes in clinical conditions.

Intended learning outcomes

Knowledge

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • identify the strengths and weakness of cognitive neuroscience methods, including MRI, EEG and TMS, so as to be a better consumer of clinical research where such methods are applied
  • demonstrate an understanding of the neural mechanisms, including structure, function and chemical processes, that underpin key cognitive and emotional processes

Skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • identify how and when basic cognitive neuroscience findings from healthy populations should be applied to understanding the brain behaviour relationship in clinical conditions.

Application of Knowledge and Skills

On completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  • provide a coherent written argument that accurately communicates their critical evaluation of cognitive neuroscience research – that has examined the cognitive and emotional sequela of clinical condition.

Generic skills

critical thinking, ability to identify the strengths and weakness of each cognitive neuroscience method so as to be a better consumer of clinical research where such methods are applied

hypothesis testing and translationalism, taking basic cognitive neuroscience findings from healthy populations and apply them to understanding the brain behaviour relationship in clinical conditions

written communication skills, use of developed verbal skills to explain the complex relationship between brain, behaviour and cognitive impairment in neuropsychological conditions

Last updated: 24 August 2019