Cognitive Neuroscience and Disorders

Subject PSYC90083 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1.5 hours of lectures/seminars per week for 12 weeks
Total Time Commitment: 78 hours
Prerequisites: None.
Corequisites: The following subject is a corequisite:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Recommended Background Knowledge: Completion of APAC-accredited psychology studies to fourth-year (Honours) level
Non Allowed Subjects: None.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards of Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.

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Dr Rob Hester


Sarah Drew


Subject Overview: 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.

To develop an understanding of the neural mechanisms, including structure, function and chemical processes, that underpin key cognitive and emotional processes.

To develop an understanding of the neural mechanisms, including structure, function and chemical processes, that underpin key cognitive and emotional processes.

To understand the cognitive neuroscience methods that can be used to explore the relationship between brain and behaviour.

To develop an ability to critically evaluate cognitive neuroscience research examining the cognitive and emotional sequelae of clinical conditions.


One written assignment (2800 words) on the neural mechanisms underpinning a symptom, or set of symptoms, in a clinical condition of the students choice, accounting for 50% of the total mark.

Two-hour multiple choice and short answer examination during examination period, accounting for 50% of final mark.

Prescribed Texts: None.
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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

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