The content focusses on the normal and abnormal changes that occur in the human brain from childhood through adulthood. Key topics include rare cognitive neuropsychological disorders and relatively common clinical and neurodegenerative disorders.
You will have the opportunity to apply for one of 16 placements at a long established progressive specialist neurological care and rehabilitation facility where they you will gain valuable clinical experience. If you are more interested in research, internal placements working with a member of staff in the Psychology Research Group will be offered as part of the course.
First degree in Psychology or related discipline with a minimum of 2:1 or equivalent. Those with less standard/traditional qualifications and relevant experience will be considered on a case by case basis
This course will provide you with the skill-set required to undertake research in this area and to gain hands on experience of completing a research project with special populations.
You will also develop expertise in developmental disorders and disorders of ageing which will help in both caring and educational settings.
Ageing & Neurodegenerative Disorders
Cognitive abilities rise steeply from infancy to young adulthood and then are either maintained or decline in old age, depending on ability. This unit will focus on the mechanisms that underpin these changes.
Advanced Research Methods
This unit aims to provide you with advanced knowledge of issues in cognitive psychological and neuropsychological research.
Clinical & Cognitive Neuropsychology
This unit focuses on the diagnostic assessment and treatment of patients with brain injury or neurocognitive deficits. You will acquire an in depth understanding of areas such as: mental illness or neurological injury, the use of neuropsychological tests to accurately assess cognitive deficits, and the management, treatment and rehabilitation of brain injured and neurocognitively impaired patients.
This unit takes a case study approach examining neural and cognitive development in childhood and examines both typical and atypical development (e.g. autism, reading and dyslexia, prosopagnosia). At the end of the module, the student will have an advanced knowledge of how our understanding of cognition can be informed by patient studies.
The unit introduces the major quantitative and qualitative statistical techniques used in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuropsychology.
Key transferable skills: Presentation and Scientific Writing
This provides key skills for interpreting, presenting and writing research. Topics will include writing research and grant proposals, presentation skills and the development of advanced writing skills.
For the research project you will get to choose from a set of research projects provided by members of the teaching staff. You will then be responsible for providing an in-depth literature review and designing appropriate experiments to address the research question.
You will also be expected to collect and analyse data and will be asked to provide a submission-ready write up of the project. Supervision for the research project will be provided in weekly meetings.
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