SPE2043 : Brain and Behaviour II

  • Module Leader(s): Dr Nicole Lallini
  • Owning School: Education, Communication & Language Sci
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


•To understand the processes involved in the production and comprehension of single words and sentences
•To understand theoretical models of neuropsychology
•To understand the relationship between brain and behaviour and how to study that relationship
•To understand the different types of memory and their impairment
•To understand the assessment of different memory impairments and what impact they can have on speech and language performance and therapy
•To understand the impairment of perception and what impact it has on speech and language performance and therapy

Outline Of Syllabus

Memory and Cognition
1.       Introduction to clinical neuropsychology
2.       Introduction to brain behaviour relationships
3.       Episodic memory and amnesia
4.       Semantic memory and semantic dementia
5.       Short term memory and short term memory disorders
6.       Object recognition and visual agnosia
7.       Auditory word recognition and word deafness
8.       Cognition and language: the modularity debate
9.       Specific language impairment: linguistic and general processing explanations
10.       Autism: implications or our understanding of child development

1. Introduction to psycholinguistics
2. Morphological processing
3. The mental lexicon
4. Models of single word production
5. Single word comprehension
6. Sentence production (1): models
7. Sentence production (2): planning in real time
8. Sentence comprehension (1): models
9. Sentence comprehension (2): dealing with syntactic complexity
10. Discourse processing
11. Discussion session

1.Remembering names and faces
2.Contextual prerequisites for understanding
3.Memory span

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture111:0011:00Pyscholinguistic
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00Memory and Cognition
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical32:006:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading1123:00123:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Memory and Cognition:
Lectures to introduce and explain theories related to neuropsychology; explain different neuropsychological impairments, their assessments and diagnosis and what impact they might have on speech and language performance and therapy. Practicals to apply the knowledge acquired in lectures regarding visual and auditory recognition and memory to real-life situations.

Lectures to introduce basic psycholinguistic concepts. Supporting worksheets on Blackboard to check understanding of key concepts and to provide opportunities for practising the description and labelling of speech errors. Optional group tutorial available to address any particular issues that arise during the lectures.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A50Memory and Cognition: open book, multiple choice
Written Examination901A50Pyscholinguistics
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Memory and Cognition:
The multiple choice questions present students with issues from the theoretical background underpinnings (knowledge outcomes 1 and 2) and case scenarios (knowledge outcome 3) to test out understanding of differential diagnostic and assessment issues.

Students must provide short answers on 6 topics from a choice of 10. This format allows an evaluation of both range and depth of learning. Range of learning is important as students need a broad theoretical base to prepare them for their case-based studies. Depth of learning is also required as students need to be able to use psycholinguistic models to diagnose and treat language disorders.

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