PSY40900 Recent Papers in Behav Neuro

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module introduces students to recent scientific findings and trends in Behavioural Neuroscience via a series of research seminars delivered by academics in the field, and by critical analysis of recent papers in leading scientific journals.
The seminars will cover recent developments and research trends, and encourage student to think critically about the following:
1. What are the most pressing and pertinent research questions that are currently being asked in areas such as neuropsychology, cognition and perception?
2. What methodologies and experimental techniques are currently being employed to examine these questions?
3. What are the avenues for future research ?
4. How are research outputs best conveyed through different dissemination mediums, including oral presentation and empirical research papers?

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module students should be able to -

1. Critically evaluate and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of published research papers.
2. Identify research trends in their chosen field.
3. Have been exposed to effective visual and verbal presentation skills necessary to present research findings to an academic audience.

Indicative Module Content:

Students will be provided with a reading list of recent publications in themes central to Affective, Behavioural and Cognitive Neuroscience.
Attend and engage with the Behavioural Neuroscience research seminars
Critically analyse research papers and generate research questions
Presenting research, visual and verbal presentation skills

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Seminar (or Webinar)


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Research seminars
Active-task based learning
Critical writing
Reflective learning
Critical Debates
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Presentation: Presentation Communicating research presentation assignment

Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded Yes


Portfolio: Students will create a portfolio of their critical analyses and reflections of the research papers & seminars; generate questions for future research and identify trends. Throughout the Trimester n/a 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
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

- Feedback individually to students, post- presentation assessment