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Psychology at Lancaster is one of the top departments in the UK for teaching and             PSYC 101
research. Research focuses on infant and child development, cognitive and social             UNDERSTANDING PSYCHOLOGY
psychology and behavioural neuroscience and includes the acquisition and use of             Terms taught: FY
spatial knowledge, the development of thought and language in childhood,
                                                                                            Credits: 10 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits
memory control of movement and action and social and national identity.
                                                                                            Also available: M only – 4 semester credits;
The Department has links with industry such as the National Health Service (NHS),           LS only – 6 semester credits
British Telecom and Sony Ericsson which supports its research, offers student               Prerequisites: High school mathematics
placements, equipment and expertise. The undergraduate degrees in Psychology are            This course provides an introduction to the
accredited by the British Psychological Society which provides graduate basis for           main approaches to Psychology, including the
registration with the Society.                                                              major perspectives of Social, Developmental,
                                                                                            Cognitive and Neuro-Psychology, with an
Further information can be found at                           emphasis upon core psychological research
                                                                                            and theory. Lecture classes are supplemented
                                                                                            by seminars, covering both substantive material
POSTGRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES                                                                  and academic skill development.
MSc in Psychological Research Methods, MSc in Social Psychology, MSc in
Developmental Psychology, MSc in Language, Speech and Hearing, MSc in                        PSYC 102
                                                                                             INVESTIGATING PSYCHOLOGY
Investigative Expertise; MPhil/PhD by research.
                                                                                            Terms taught: FY
FACULTY                                                                                     Credits: 10 semester credits or 20 ECTS credits
                                                                                            Prerequisites: High school mathematics
Dr J Abell, Dr K Alcock, Dr Melissa Allen, Dr L Ball (Head of Dept), Prof G Bremner,
Dr K Cain, Dr A Collins, Prof S Condor, Dr T Crawford, Dr S Dewhurst, Dr J Dixon,           This course provides an introduction to the
                                                                                            main research methods and approaches to data
Dr D Hay, Prof M Howe, Dr M Levine, Dr D Lew, Prof C Lewis, Dr K Mattock,
                                                                                            analysis used in Psychology. There is considerable
Prof P Monaghan, Prof P Morris, Prof T Ormerod, Dr E Subbotsky, Dr S Sünram-Lea,            emphasis upon practical experience, so
Dr P Taylor, Dr J Towse, Dr M Turgeon, Dr S Vogt, Dr P Walker, Dr C Walton.                 laboratory/workshops form a significant part
                                                                                            of the course, in addition to lectures.
TEACHING                                                                                     PSYC 201
Lectures, small group discussion, practicals                                                 COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
                                                                                            Terms taught: M
ASSESSMENT                                                                                  Credits: 4 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits
Normally by a combination of coursework (usually essays, but occasionally including         Prerequisites: High school mathematics; an
workshops/laboratories, presentations) and examination.                                     introductory psychology course; some
                                                                                            introductory cognitive psychology (which may
                                                                                            be as part of a general introductory course)
STUDY ABROAD ADVISER                                                                        Major topic areas are: perception, action,
Dr Martine Turgeon, email:                                        language, problem solving, memory, thinking
                                                                                            and reasoning, attention and cognitive models.
                                                                                            In any one year a subset of these topics will be
                                                                                            covered. Lectures introduce a variety of major
                                                                                            theoretical perspectives on particular issues
                                                                                            going from the so-called lower level processes
                                                                                            of perception to the higher processes such as
                                                                                            thinking and reasoning. The lecture course is
                                                                                            accompanied by workshops where the focus
                                                                                            will be on cognitive models and how these
                                                                                            have been used to develop ideas about human
                                                                                            cognition. This part of the course evaluates the
                                                                                            strengths and weaknesses of modelling in
                                                                                            cognitive psychology.

                                                                                             PSYC 202
                                                                                             BRAIN AND BEHAVIOUR
                                                                                            Terms taught: L
                                                                                            Credits: 4 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits
   KEY TO SYMBOLS                                                                           Prerequisites: High school mathematics;
                                                                                            an introduction to physiological/biological
   Note: Courses often last for more than one term.                                         psychology (which may be as part of a general
                                                                                            introductory course)
   FY    A course taught throughout the academic year.
                                                                                            The course starts with an introduction to
   M     A course taught in the Michaelmas term (October - December).
                                                                                            neural transmission, explaining (for example)
   L     A course taught in the Lent term (January - March)                                 how knowledge of processes occurring at the
   LS    A course taught in the Lent and Summer terms (January - June).                     synapse can help in understanding the effects
                                                                                            of drugs on behaviour. The gross anatomy
   S     A course taught in the Summer term (April - June).
                                                                                            of the brain and peripheral nervous system
   MorL A course taught in either the Michaelmas or Lent term.                              is demonstrated and the distinction drawn
   N/A   A course will not be taught in the year shown. It may be taught in future years.   between voluntary and autonomic systems.
                                                                                            The endocrine system is briefly reviewed. After
   TBC   A course which has not yet been finally approved by the university.
                                                                                            an introduction to the research techniques of

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physiological psychology, various important           and independent experimentation in the child's      fundamental topics in theoretical, experimental,
topics are considered, with emphasis on an            cognitive development, the role of inherited        and especially clinical and cognitive
understanding of the biological basis of              and acquired skills in the explanation of           neuropsychology, building on and adding to
behaviours and/or experience in each case.            infants’ early competencies etc. The course         the knowledge base provided by PSYC 202.
Examples of such topics are: normal and               also aims to create a general picture of child
abnormal eating and drinking; sleep and               development represented through                      PSYC 303
dreaming; stress and bodily ill-health; sexual        distinguishing a set of stages (or periods)          ADVANCED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY
development and behaviour; mental illness and         of cognitive and motivational development.
                                                                                                          Terms taught: L
the experience of pain.
                                                       PSYC 207                                           Credits: 4 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits
 PSYC 203                                              PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL                         Prerequisites: High school mathematics; an
 SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY                                     DIFFERENCES                                        introductory psychology course; PSYC 203 or
Terms taught: L                                       Terms taught: L                                     its equivalent
Credits: 4 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits         Credits: 4 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits       The academic aim of this course is to introduce
                                                                                                          arguments and debates about theory in social
Prerequisites: High school mathematics;               Prerequisites: High school mathematics;
                                                                                                          psychology. You will be invited to return to some
an introductory psychology course; an                 an introductory psychology course; some
                                                                                                          of the topics you encountered in PSYC 203 and
introduction to social psychology (which may          introduction to statistics and research
                                                                                                          to re-evaluate them in the light of a more
be as part of a general introductory course)          methods (which may be as part of a general
                                                                                                          critically informed reading. Each topic taught
                                                      introductory course)
This course will introduce you to theory and                                                              will be based on current controversies in the
research in the core areas of group and               The study of personality and individual             literature and will use, as its teaching materials,
intergroup relations, social cognition and            differences encompasses some of the most            journal papers, book chapters and other primary
language, the self and interpersonal processes.       significant figures in the history of psychology    sources. Topics covered in the course will reflect
It aims to help you develop a range of                (eg Freud, Spearman, Burt, Eysenck). It also        the teaching staff research interests. These might
academic skills (use of technical language,           plays a key role in informing public opinions       include: Racism, Prejudice, Stereotyping, Crowd
argument construction and presentation,               about the nature and value of Psychology.           Psychology, Identity violence and intervention
archive research techniques, library skills) in       Stable measures of ability (eg intelligence) or     and Place and Social Psychology.
relation to social psychological subject matter.      disposition (eg controversion) are seen as
Teaching will concentrate on modern                   powerful tools in applications such as               PSYC 305
theoretical advances and on the empirical base        educational testing and personnel selection.         ADVANCED DEVELOPMENTAL
of the subject, though reference will be made         Yet, there is disquiet among some psychologists      PSYCHOLOGY
to social psychology's history in the social and      about treating people differentially on the basis
                                                                                                          Terms taught: M
human sciences.                                       of assignment to categories of stable and
                                                      immutable traits, ignoring the possibility that     Credits: 4 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits
 PSYC 204                                             the characteristics of individuals are amenable     Prerequisites: High school mathematics;
 RESEARCH METHODS IN                                  to change. This course tackles this controversy,    an introductory psychology course; some
 PSYCHOLOGY: 1                                        through an examination of key theories and          background in developmental psychology;
                                                      applications, and a critical examination of         PSYC 205 or its equivalent
Terms taught: FY                                      methods for measuring personality and
                                                                                                          This course includes an introductory lecture
Credits: 8 semester credits or 16 ECTS credits        individual differences.
                                                                                                          and short option courses. You attend lectures
Prerequisites: High school mathematics;                                                                   (20 hours) and four one-hour seminars of the
an introductory psychology course; some                PSYC 301                                           two options of your choice, out of ten
introduction to statistics and research                ADVANCED COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY
                                                                                                          seminars on offer. The academic aim of this
methods (which may be as part of a general            Terms taught: L                                     course is to develop in depth knowledge
introductory course)                                                                                      acquired in PSYC 205 by exploring in depth
                                                      Credits: 4 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits
This course consists of a programme of lectures                                                           various topics in typical and atypical
and classes on statistical analysis and a series of   Prerequisites: High school mathematics;             development.
practical classes involving experimental and          an introductory psychology course; PSYC 201
other empirical research methods.                     or its equivalent                                    TOPICS IN PSYCHOLOGY II
                                                      The course emphasis is on pursuing particular       Credits: 4 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits
 PSYC 205                                             topics in depth rather than on giving a
 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY                             representative overview of the field. The topics    You are asked to indicate your order of
                                                      are chosen from areas that complement rather        preference for the options for this course.
Terms taught: M                                       than repeat those in PSYC 201 and are chosen        We aim to provide either your first or second
Credits: 4 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits         from: cognitive architecture, visual perception,    choice. You choose ONE of the following:
Prerequisites: High school mathematics; an            visual cognition, perception and action, thinking
introductory psychology course; an introduction       and reasoning. The lectures highlight the way in    Michaelmas Term
to developmental psychology (which may be as          which studies in cognition draw upon different
                                                      methodologies to address theoretical issues. The    PSYC 311
part of a general introductory course)
                                                      seminar programme encourages you to evaluate        The Psychology of Attention from the
This course aims to provide a critical appreciation   in some depth research work on specialist topics    Laboratory to Everyday Behaviour
of the fundamental issues of child development        and develop ideas on how you might take such
and comprises all major aspects of child              research forward.                                   PSYC 312
development, such as cognitive development,                                                               Social Psychology of Language
social development and personality development.
                                                       PSYC 302
You will be acquainted with major theoretical          ADVANCED HUMAN                                     PSYC 313
approaches and research data on the most               NEUROPSYCHOLOGY                                    Professional skills for Psychologists
essential problems of child development,
including theories of Piaget and Vygotsky, basic      Terms taught: M
approaches to language development, the               Credits: 4 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits
development of logical thinking, social cognition,    Prerequisites: High school mathematics;
cognitive development in infancy etc. You will        an introductory psychology course; PSYC 202
also become familiar with the classical problems      or its equivalent
which provoke discussions and alternative views
throughout the history of developmental               The academic aim of this course is to provide
psychology, such as the role of social interaction    you with an advanced understanding of some

Lent Term

PSYC 318
Human Memory

PSYC 337
Psychological Reality: its Structure and
Development in Children and Adults

PSYC 387
Memory Development

PSYC 397
Educational Psychology

 PSYC 314
Terms taught: FY
Credits: 4 semester credits or 8 ECTS credits
Also available: M only – 4 semester credits;
LS only – 4 semester credits
This is an independent piece of work in the
field of psychology carried out by you in
consultation with a member of the Psychology
Department staff as supervisor and written up
in the form of a report. This is available only by
agreement with the Department's Study
Abroad Adviser. Please see page 119 for
further information.

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