Understanding the Mind module (PY21001)

Learn about the structure and functional consequences of the human mind.

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This module provides a grounding in theory and methods in contemporary experimental psychology. It will give you a broad overview of the structure and functional consequences of the human mind, covering topics such as neuropsychology, sensation and perception, language, and thinking and deciding.

This module will build on the work done in Level 1 Psychology modules by providing a more in-depth coverage of the core areas in experimental psychology necessary to understand the human mind and the psychological science.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • learn about the core areas of experimental psychology, such as biological psychology, cognition, language, and emotion
  • learn the research skills and statistics necessary to understand and conduct experimental psychology research

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • show a broad understanding of the human mind and its development
  • describe and discuss findings, concepts, and issues relating to the functions of the human mind
  • exhibit a solid grounding in the principles of experimental design, statistical analysis of data, interpretation of results and scientific dissemination

Assignments / assessment

  • multiple-choice quizzes (10%)
    • completed throughout the semester
    • online open book tests
  • essay 1,500 words (20%)
  • research poster (18%)
  • experiment participation (5%)
  • end-of-semester exam (47%)

Teaching methods / timetable

  • lectures (2-3 per week)
  • weekly workshops


This module is available on following courses: