Bournemouth University has one of the largest face-processing laboratories in the UK, and our academic staff have expertise in neuropsychological disorders of face-processing and forensic applications of face-processing research. This expertise is central to the delivery of the new MSc programme, where students will learn about the detection, management and potential remediation of face-processing disorders, including those with acquired, progressive, developmental or neuropsychiatric origins.
This programme is designed to reflect the expertise of academic staff, and is expected to primarily recruit students who wish to pursue a research career in the field of face-processing. Through the study of contemporary issues in face-processing research, the course provides a fascinating programme of study if you are wishing to become a researcher in this area and/or are seeking further professional development by gaining a unique and relevant qualification in an increasingly difficult job market.
A Bachelors Honours degree, 2:1 or above or equivalent in psychology. Less standard/traditional qualifications and relevant experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If English is not your first language you´ll need IELTS 7.0 (Academic) or above.
Experimental issues in face-processing research: A workshop-based unit where you´ll be introduced to techniques in image manipulation - including the generation, editing and morphing of 2D and 3D static and moving facial stimuli - and experimental programming. You´ll also participate in critical evaluations of dominant experimental paradigms and methodological techniques used in face-processing research, such as eye-tracking, electroencephalography (EEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
Forensic perspectives in face-processing research: This unit focuses on individual differences in face-processing, with an emphasis on the forensic implications of this work. As well as examining cognitive and personality factors that may influence our face recognition ability. You´ll consider social biases that affect our ability to process faces. This body of research will be discussed in relation to eye-witness testimony and occupations that require proficient face recognition skills, like passport control and other forensic and security settings. You´ll be introduced to the concept of ‘extraordinary’ face recognition, and debate will focus on whether these skills can be taught to typical perceivers.
Clinical perspectives in face-processing: Discuss face-processing disorders, including developmental, acquired and progressive conditions (a non-exhaustive list includes prosopagnosia, autism spectrum disorder, Turner’s syndrome, Williams’ syndrome and dementia). You´ll be trained in the cognitive neuropsychological assessment of these conditions, with a focus on interpreting clinical patterns of impairment in theoretical models of face-processing. Existing treatment options will also be evaluated, and you´ll discuss the psychosocial consequences of face-processing conditions.
Advanced research methods: Gain advanced knowledge of issues in cognitive psychological and neuropsychological research.
Advanced statistics: An introduction to the major quantitative and qualitative statistical techniques used in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuropsychology.
Key transferable skills - presentation & scientific writing: Key skills for interpreting, presenting and writing research. Topics include writing research and grant proposals, presentation skills and developing advanced writing skills.
Research project: You´ll choose from a set of research projects offered by our teaching staff, and then be responsible for providing an in-depth literature review and designing experiments for addressing your research question. You´ll also be expected to collect and analyse data and be asked to provide a submission-ready write up of the project. Supervision for the Project will be provided in weekly meetings.
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