Clinical and Applied Neuroscience: Study Design
Rhedir gan School of Psychology
20.000 Credyd neu 10.000 Credyd ECTS
Trefnydd: Dr Ken Valyear
How can advancements in neuroscience inform solutions to real-world challenges, and how can real-world challenges inform advancements in neuroscience?
In this module, students explore how foundational science principles can be used to guide and constrain modern applied and translational neuroscience.
The core focus of the module is ‘good’ study design. What makes for an effective neuroscience-inspired clinical intervention, for example, and what are some of the associated practical challenges?
By reviewing specific examples of published studies, and by participating in “hands-on” demonstrations, this module aims to establish an advanced-level understanding of the fundamental study-design principles and practical challenges of modern applied and translational neuroscience.
Topics span the areas of (1) rehabilitation neuroscience, with a focus on restoring sensory and motor functions and language; (2) human performance enhancement; and (3) neuroscience-inspired technological design and implementation.
Students will gain hands-on experience with advanced methods, including brain stimulation.
B+ to B- Work displays sound knowledge and understanding, but with some limitations. There is evidence of background study. The work has a defined and logical structure, but with some weaknesses in the way in which arguments are presented. There is some original interpretation and demonstration of understanding of links between topics. The work is presented carefully with accurate communication and few factual or computational errors.
C+ to C- Work displays knowledge of key areas/principles, with limited evidence of original interpretation or relevant background study. The work contains some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure. Arguments are presented, but they lack coherence. The work contains factual or computational errors with little evidence of problem solving. There are weaknesses in the standard of the presentation and its accuracy.
A* to A- Work displays comprehensive knowledge and detailed understanding, reflecting extensive background study. The work is highly focussed, well structured, logically presented, and with defended arguments. The work contains original interpretation, and new links between topics are developed. The work is presented to a high standard, with accurate communication and no factual or computational errors.
Ability to critically evaluate the fundamental principles underlying best practice in applied neuroscience.
Ability to critically and comprehensively discuss the strengths and limitations of a specific neuroscience-based application.
Ability to identify strong/poor evidence-based practice, and formulate testable hypothesis for potential advancements.
Ability to formulate a design for a well-controlled clinical/rehabilitation trial, product design, or technological enhancement of perfrormance grounded in basic neuroscience research.
|LLAFAR||Group-led discussion of paper on chosen topic (pro-seminar series format).||
Lead a discussion of a paper(s). Focus on the study design: rationale, strengths and limitations, and possible alternatives.
|TRAETHAWD||Propose a novel application/investigation, or review and critique of existing practice.||
Propose a novel research programme, in the form of a mini grant proposal. Generally, the research programme can be one of two types:
Type 1: Applied: propose a programme of study to develop new/revised application(s) – e.g. clinical intervention(s) – based on concepts derived from basic science.
Type 2: Basic: propose a programme of study to develop a new basic science experiment(s) to test the theoretical principles that underpin a current application(s).
|LLAFAR||Present a summary of your proposal||
Summarise your research proposal (Assessment 2). Tell us your idea, and project plan. Include: Motivation and Significance; Specific Aims; Methods; Hypotheses.
Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu
|Practical classes and workshops||
1h practical lessons and demonstrations approximately every other week.
2h lectures per week with an option to discuss and clarify specific subtopics with the Lecturer teaching the respective topic, one-to-one or in small groups in 5 drop-in sessions 2 hour per week + 2 hours every other week = 32.
- Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
- Rhifedd - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio rhifau ar lefelau priodol o gywirdeb
- Defnyddio cyfrifiaduron - Medrusrwydd wrth ddefnyddio ystod o feddalwedd cyfrifiadurol
- Hunanreolaeth - Gallu gweithio mewn ffordd effeithlon, prydlon a threfnus. Gallu edrych ar ganlyniadau tasgau a digwyddiadau, a barnu lefelau o ansawdd a phwysigrwydd
- Archwilio - Gallu ymchwilio ac ystyried dewisiadau eraill
- Adalw gwybodaeth - Gallu mynd at wahanol ac amrywiol ffynonellau gwybodaeth
- Sgiliau Rhyngbersonol - Gallu gofyn cwestiynau, gwrando'n astud ar atebion a'u harchwilio
- Dadansoddi Beirniadol & Datrys Problem - Gallu dadelfennu a dadansoddi problemau neu sefyllfaoedd cymhleth. Gallu canfod atebion i broblemau drwy ddadansoddiadau ac archwilio posibiliadau
- Ymwybyddiaeth o ddiogelwch - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch amgylchedd a hyder o ran cadw at reoliadau iechyd a diogelwch
- Cyflwyniad - Gallu cyflwyno gwybodaeth ac esboniadau yn glir i gynulleidfa. Trwy gyfryngau ysgrifenedig neu ar lafar yn glir a hyderus.
- Gwaith Tîm - Gallu cydweithio'n adeiladol ag eraill ar dasg gyffredin, ac/neu fod yn rhan o dîm gweithio o ddydd i ddydd
- Rheloaeth - Gallu defnyddio, cydlynu a rheoli adnoddau (dynol, ffisegol ac/neu ariannol)
- Dadl - Gallu cyflwyno, trafod a chyfiawnhau barn neu lwybr gweithredu, naill ai gydag unigolyn neu mewn grwˆp ehangach
- Hunanymwybyddiaeth & Ystyried - Bod yn ymwybodol o'ch cryfderau, gwendidau, nodau ac amcanion eich hun. Gallu adolygu ,cloriannu a myfyrio'n rheolaidd ar eich perfformiad eich hun ac eraill.
- Arweinyddiaeth - Gallu arwain a rheoli, datblygu cynlluniau gweithredu ac amcanion, cynnig arweiniad a chyfarwyddyd i eraill, ac ymdopi â'r pwysau sy'n gysylltiedig ag awdurdod o'r fath
Sgiliau pwnc penodol
- Understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
- Apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues and integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in psychology.
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written form.
- Communicate psychological concepts effectively in oral form.
- Be computer literate for the purpose of processing and disseminating psychological data and information.
- Retrieve and organise information effectively.
- Handle primary source material critically.
- Engage in effective teamwork for the purpose of collaborating on psychological projects.
- Be sensitive and react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal psychological factors.
- Use effectively personal planning and project management skills.
- Work effectively under pressure (time pressure, limited resources, etc) as independent and pragmatic learners.
- Problem-solve by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions, making critical judgements, and evaluating outcomes.
- Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
- Understand and investigate the role of brain function in all human behaviour and experience.
- Comprehend and use psychological data effectively, demonstrating a systematic knowledge of the application and limitations of various research paradigms and techniques.
- Employ evidence-based reasoning and examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology.
- Be aware of ethical principles and approval procedures.
Goblygiadau o ran adnoddau ar gyfer myfyrwyr
There are no costs to students. Resources include: Primary research articles, Clinical reports, and book chapters from Handbooks on Neuroscience, Neurorehabilitation, Performance, Motor learning and Memory.
Primary research articles, Clinical reports, Handbooks on Neuroscience, Neurorehabilitation, Performance, Motor learning and Memory.
Cyrsiau sy’n cynnwys y modiwl hwn
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- 6S26: BSc Neuropsychology year 3 (BSC/NI)
- C8BY: MA Psychology year 1 (MA/PSYCH)
- C8BZ: MRes Psychology year 1 (MRES/PSYCH)
- C8EF: MSc Clinical and Health Psychology year 1 (MSC/CHPSY)
- C8DX: MSc Counselling year 2 (MSC/CNSL)
- C8CU: MSc Neuroimaging year 1 (MSC/N)
- C8EG: MSc Principles of Clinical Neuropsychology year 1 (MSC/PCNP)
- C8DU: MSc Psychology year 1 (MSC/PSY)
- C8AL: MSc Psychological Research year 1 (MSC/PSYRES)
- C808: MSci Psychology with Clinical & Health Psychology year 4 (MSCI/PHS)
- C807: MSci Psychology year 4 (MSCI/PS)