PSY40840 BN Labs 1: Behavioural Measures

Academic Year 2022/2023

In combination with PSY40850 (Behavioural Neuroscience Labs 2), this module provides practical experience of collecting and analysing data using common Behavioural Neuroscience methods. Across these two modules, students will complete brief rotations in five experimental laboratories in the School of Psychology. Students will develop skills in experimental design, data collection and analysis, using a variety of experimental and statistical approaches.
The methodologies explored in Labs 1 will include eyetracking, neuropsychological assessment and virtual reality.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, you should be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of experimental design in Behavioural Neuroscience
- Explain the effects of experimental design choices on the validity and reliability of a given experimental paradigm
- Conduct calibration procedures for eyetracking and virtual reality experiments
- Understand the principles underlying neuropsychological testing
- Collect data using a variety of experimental methods in line with best practice guidelines
- Pre-process and analyse data arising from these methods
- Produce clear and succinct laboratory reports of each experimental methods.

Indicative Module Content:

This module will provide practical experience of conducting research using the following methods:
1. Eyetracking
2. Neuropsychological testing
3. Virtual reality

Each topic will be introduced with a 3-hour theoretical lecture and laboratory demonstration. Students will then collect data in the lab in pairs, under the supervision of a demonstrator. Data will be collated, and a subset will be forwarded to each student for analysis and write-up.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; practical demonstrations; laboratory work; practical skill-based learning 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles

Additional Information:
Only open to the MSc in Behavioural Neuroscience programme, PSY 40780 is co-requisite

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Lab Report: Lab report - eyetracking Week 4 n/a Graded No


Lab Report: Lab report - neuropsychology Week 8 n/a Graded No


Lab Report: Lab report - virtual reality Week 12 n/a Graded No


Journal: Reflective journal describing the student's learning and experience throughout the module (400-600 words). Week 12 n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring 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?

Written feedback on the first and second lab reports will be provided via Brightspace, using a pre-prepared rubric, within 20 working days of submission.

Name Role
Dr Catherine Jordan Lecturer / Co-Lecturer