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PSYC3527 Techniques in Human Neuropsychology

15 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Dr Melanie Burke

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of all pass for progression modules in Level 2 of: BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology or BA Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought (and its International and Industrial variants)


PSYC2518Cognitive Neuroscience

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module is designed to be applied, so knowledge can be put to practical use. The premise for understanding how the brain works and the technology available to measure brain function is of clear interest in both research and clinical settings. The module will guide students through understanding how these different brain imaging and stimulation systems work, in order to acknowledge their ultimate application in the real world of clinical medicine and research.It is a challenging module, and ideal for those wanting to pursue their interest in the brain and neuropsychology further. The module incorporates an oral presentation (in small groups, worth 10% of the module mark), and a written exam (90%). The exam is split 50:50 into 25 high level MCQs and an essay style question (selecting 1 from a choice of 3). The MCQs are designed to test the breadth of knowledge obtained across the course and focus on how the imaging/stimulation systems work and record signals. Conversely, the essay assessment provides an opportunity to apply knowledge of the technologies to a given clinical/research problem in greater depth.


This module aims to introduce students to a variety of cutting edge methods that are currently used to image the anatomical and functional brain in humans. The module will provide students with an understanding of how these imaging methods are used in both medical diagnosis and neuropsychological research. The module is guided by recent publications in the field of neuroscience and experimental psychology, and will provide students with examples of how current neuropsychological problems can and are addressed using specific imaging techniques. The module will provide an understanding of the nature of the neuronal signal measured, as well as spatial and temporal constraints of the various imaging methods described (including electroencephalogy (EEG), functional Magnetic Imaging (fMRI), and functional Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy (fNIRS)). Students will be given examples of imaging research taking place throughout the world (and also within the department), alongside clinical applications. In addition a virtual lesion technique (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)) and neuronal hyperactivity states (tDCS stimulation) will also be discussed, with their uses in research and rehabilitation respectively. The knowledge gained in the module will provide students with an excellent understanding of the use imaging technology with its applications.

Learning outcomes
1. To evaluate the differences in functional and anatomical approaches to imaging the human brain.
2. To recognize what signal is being recorded, and how it is measured.
3. To interpret and evaluate the benefits and limitations in diagnosis and/or treatments using these different techniques (EEG, fMRI, NIRS and TMS).
4. To utilize the knowledge obtained to critically evaluate the appropriate applications of these techniques in certain research and/or clinical settings.

Skills outcomes
Students will have the opportunity to critically review, discuss and present very new research techniques and findings in the area of neuropsychology. They will become knowledgeable about the different strengths and weaknesses of various neuropsychological tools and should be able to recognise how these can be applied to research/clinical questions.


1 A short history of neuropsychological methods MB
2 Introduction to EEG techniques JD
3 Research using EEG JD MCQ: EEG
4 Introduction to MRI/fMRI MB
5 fMRI used in research and clinical practice JB MCQ: fMRI/PET
6 Introduction to fNIRS MB
7 Research applications using fNIRS MB MCQ: fNIRS
8 PRESENTATIONS (10%) in G.44 (Psychology Building) MB Peer feedback during session
9 Introduction to brain stimulation (TMS and DCS) MB
10 Applications of brain stimulation in research MB MCQ: TMS/tDCS
11 Revision Session - Q & A MB Module review / Q&A session.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning41.004.00
Private study hours127.00
Total Contact hours23.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

Preparation for each lecture 2 x 10 - 20 hrs
Preparation for each MCQ exam 4 x 2 - 8 hrs
Preparation for week 10 presentation - 15 hrs
Preparation for end of semester exam - 44 hrs
Further reading of relevant literature within the course - 40 hrs

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Formative feedback will be provided at the end of each topic (EEG, fMRI, fNIRS and TMS). There will be 4 online MCQ's in total with 10 questions in each. The MCQs will be in the same style as the MCQs presented in the final exam. This will provide students with guidance on their knowledge during the course. MCQs will be made available in weeks 3, 5, 7 and 9 (see table of lectures above).
In addition, feedback is given on their oral presentations for each group (<5 students). This will provide feedback on their presentation skills and also interpretation of the paper they are presenting (usually provided in week 8). It is a chance to also review their critical analysis skills.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course MCQ10.00
In-course MCQ20.00
In-course MCQ30.00
In-course MCQ40.00
Oral PresentationGroup project 15 mins20.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)20.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins80.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)80.00

The exam will consist of two parts. Essay questions (60% of module mark) and MCQs (20%)

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:21:45


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