PYMTAN-Topics in Affective Neuroscience

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Level:7
Terms in which taught:
Pre-requisites:
Non-modular pre-requisites: BSc level knowledge in Biological Psychology or Neuroscience
Co-requisites:
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Current from: 2019/0

Module Convenor: Dr Carien Van Reekum

Email: C.VanReekum@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:
The purpose of this module is to inform students about the current state of knowledge and debate in the "affective" branch of neuroscience. Topics are reflecting the expertise in our department and include emotion and attention, emotion regulation, lifespan development of cognition-emotion interaction, and affective decision-making.

Aims:
Within the neurosciences, affective neuroscience is a relatively young discipline which is characterised by rapidly changing views, incorporating an ever expanding array of methods. The purpose of this module is to inform students about the current state of knowledge and debates in cognitive neuroscience, with a particular focus on emotion. This module will also touch upon lifespan brain development. Topics covered in this module reflect the research expertise of the School in affective neuroscience.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the course, students should be able to:
• Describe some of the theoretical notions and neurobiological models in the study of affective neuroscience
• Be able to offer examples ranging from molecular to systems level neuroscience approaches to understanding human emotion and affect-related phenomena
• Show an understanding of the techniques used in assessing brain function underlying a variety of processes and evaluate their effectiveness and drawbacks
• Reflect on findings from both animal and human studies
• Be able to describe and evaluate recent experimental work within subfields of cognitive neuroscience.

Additional outcomes:
It is anticipated that this module will inform much subsequent work by students on postgraduate courses in psychology and related disciplines including psychiatry, neurology and the neurosciences.

Outline content:
Introduction to affective neuroscience (with a bit of history), emotion and attention, cognitive control of emotion, lifespan development of cognition-emotion interaction, and affective decision-making.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
Teaching and learning methods include a mixture of plenary lectures, group discussions, aided by audiovisual materials available online or recorded by staffmembers as part of their research, and/or hands-on demonstrations of techniques and tests employed in the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 15
Guided independent study: 85
       
Total hours by term 100
       
Total hours for module 100

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:
2 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:
The module will be assessed via seen examinations, with questions released two weeks prior to the date of the exam

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
Penalties for late submission on this module are in accordance with the University policy. Please refer to page 5 of the Postgraduate Guide to Assessment for further information: http://www.reading.ac.uk/internal/exams/student/exa-guidePG.aspx

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Last updated: 10 April 2019

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