PSY40800 Readings in Visual & Social

Academic Year 2022/2023

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 visual and 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
Autonomous Student Learning






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

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
PSY20080 - Visual and Social Cognition, PSY40550 - Readings visual social cogniti

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay topics available on Brightspace with word limits specified Week 8 n/a Graded Yes


Examination: end of term essay style examination Qs, chose one of three 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
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 grades will be returned for students, those seeking to receive feedback on midterm essay should contact module coordinator

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) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 33 Mon 10:00 - 10:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 10:00 - 10:50