Module Details for the Academic Year 2018/2019

PSY40550 Readings visual social cogniti

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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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.  
Item Workload


Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




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Week 8
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1 hour End of Trimester Exam


This module is not passable by compensation

Resit Opportunities

In-semester assessment


If you fail this module you may repeat, resit or substitute where permissible

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

Incompatible: Visual and Social Cognition (PSY20080)

Equivalent Modules

Prior Learning

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

Curricular information is subject to change