PSY40550 Readings visual social cogniti

Academic Year 2020/2021

This module provides an introduction to the study of social cognition from the perspective of visual perception and through critical reading and discussion of research papers. Topics include the perception of action and biological motion, the role of eye gaze and pointing in the development of ‘shared attention’, the perception of categorical information from faces (race, gender and attractiveness), body perception, and the question of whether anomalous social perception may underlie problems in social cognition in autism spectrum disorder. The reading material is chosen to cover theoretical background, and both experimental and developmental approaches to the study of social cognition.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the different methods by which we study social cognition and how they relate to each other. Demonstrate an ability to critically appraise research papers in the area of visual and social cognition.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
lectures, one-on-one meetings with module coordinator to discuss essay writing etc 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Undergraduate degree in any of the disciplines required for entry to the Masters in Cognitive Science Program

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY20080 - Visual and Social Cognition, PSY40800 - Readings in Visual & Social

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay topics available on Brightspace which also contain details of word limits etc Week 8 n/a Graded No


Essay: Final essay due at end of Week 13 Unspecified n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Midterm graded will be uploaded for students, those seeking to check or receive feedback on midterm essay should contact module coordinator

Name Role
Dr Patricia Gough Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.

Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 31 Mon 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 Wed 10:00 - 10:50