Cognition and Emotion

Module titleCognition and Emotion
Module codePSY2303
Academic year2014/5
Module staff

Dr Nicolas Dumay (Convenor)

Dr Nicolas Dumay (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks


Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

In this module you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the processes of learning, memory, language and executive control. You will be encouraged to critically evaluate the methods that are used to study these processes, as well as the relevant theories, and consider how they are altered in psychological disorders.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module will provide a detailed and critical understanding of the processes by which we learn and later access that learning, and those that underlie consciousness and language. The module will explore and evaluate the methods, theories and debates in experimental studies of learning, memory and language processing. The module will provide an integrated understanding by drawing on computational modelling, imaging, ERP and patient data alongside the more traditional behavioural and "flow-diagram" approaches.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe the processes of learning, memory, language and executive control
  • 2. Explain the principles underlying several methodologies presented in the module (e.g. various behavioural paradigms, computational modelling, on-line measures of language processing, etc)
  • 3. Evaluate and integrate evidence that originates from the use of these different methods

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 4. Illustrate detailed factual and conceptual knowledge of the subject and identify a variety of ideas, contexts and frameworks
  • 5. Review and critically evaluate published work and identify the strengths and weaknesses of this work, and at a well-developed level structure this literature to present logical and coherent arguments
  • 6. Solve complex problems systematically, think critically and creatively, and appreciate the complexities of the issues
  • 7. Apply essential principles in designing research, and critically evaluate and analyse empirical evidence, and assess the reliability of empirical evidence using a range of defined techniques at a well-developed level
  • 8. Discuss the wider ethical issues relating to the subject and its application

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 9. Interact effectively within a learning group, giving and receiving information and ideas and modifying responses where appropriate
  • 10. Evaluate your own strengths and weaknesses, challenge received opinion and develop your own criteria and judgment, and seek and make use of feedback
  • 11. Manage and select information and data from a range of sources and develop appropriate information finding strategies
  • 12. Communicate effectively in the manner appropriate to the discipline and in a variety of formats
  • 13. Identify key areas of problems and choose appropriate methods for their resolution in a considered manner
  • 14. Manage time effectively to meet deadlines

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

The module will cover the following key topics:

  • Reading and dyslexia
  • Spoken word recognition
  • Speech production
  • Working memory
  • Long-term memory
  • Object recognition
  • Attention
  • Inhibitory control
  • Emotional processing

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching22Lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching3Tutorials
Guided independent study42Reading and preparation for seminars and practical classes
Guided independent study42Reading and writing for essay
Guided independent study41Revision for exam


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Tutorials1 hour4-9Oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Examination501 hour1-7, 10-14Written and oral
Essay502000 words1-7, 10-14Written and oral


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ExaminationExamination1-7, 10-14August/September assessment period
EssayEssay1-7, 10-14August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Two assessments are required for this module. Where you have been referred/deferred for the essay you will be required to resubmit a new essay on new essay titles by the 1 September deadline. This will constitute 50% of the module. Where you have been referred/deferred for the exam, you will have the opportunity to take a second exam in the August/September re-assessment period. This will constitute 50% of the module. Students successful in any referred assessment will have recorded the mark of 40% only for the relevant module.


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Shanks, D.R. (1995). The Psychology of Associative Learning. Cambridge University Press


Baddeley, A. (1997). Human memory: Theory and practice. Revised Edition


Harley, T.A. (2008). The Psychology of Language. 3rd Edition


Anderson, J.R. (2000). Cognitive psychology and its implications. 5th Edition.

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Key words search

Cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, language

Credit value15
Module ECTS


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