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Modiwl PPP-1005:
Brain & Mind

Ffeithiau’r Modiwl

Rhedir gan School of Psychology

10 Credyd neu 5 Credyd ECTS

Semester 2

Trefnydd: Prof Guillaume Thierry

Amcanion cyffredinol

Brain and Mind is an introduction to the functional anatomy of the human brain.This module will be the opportunity for you to approach the way in which the brain implements the human mind.

Cynnwys cwrs

We will start with a General Introduction to the concept of mental representation, i.e., the basic concept behind that of mind.

Then, Chapter 1 (over two weeks) will be devoted mainly to the anatomy of the brain, which is a prerequisite for you to understand the biological bases of psychology. When possible, brain structures are described in relation to their function or at least some aspects of their reason to be.

Chapter 2 (over two weeks) will look at the elementary unit of thinking in your brain, the neuron.

Around that time, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold a real human brain in your hands during the Brain Anatomy Practicals.

Then, we will start reviewing particular aspects of normal and abnormal human behaviour and relate it back to specific brain structures. Chapters 3, 4 and 5 will feature guest lectures given by Vice- Chancellor Professor Oliver Turnbull, a renowned expert on emotion and executive function who will address the core topics of (i) consciousness, (ii) animal minds, and (iii) emotion and executive function.

In Chapter 6, we will look at face processing.

Chapter 7 will introduce aspects of language processing in the brain, particularly production and comprehension.

Finally, in Chapter 8, I will introduce some important aspects of functional cerebral asymmetry in relation to the main division of the human brain into hemispheres.

Throughout the module, we will avoid detailed descriptions of the mechanisms underlying human cognitive function and rather introduce general ideas about ways in which we can relate psychological function to brain anatomy. The whole course will serve as a foundation for the wide range of courses in which the brain (as a biological organ) is considered.

At the beginning of each week, you will answer 10 test MCQ questions, which will be corrected immediately. The final exam will feature 40 of the MCQ questions presented and discussed throughout the course of the module.

In addition, for the second time in this history of Brain and Mind, we will implement a series of supplementary, optional Seminars, hosted by David Ellis from the department of Philosophy and Religion.

Try to keep in mind that the amount of information one’s brain can store is essentially unlimited (or at least that we have no idea how much information it can store). The more you read, discover, look at photographs and drawings, and discuss ideas amongst yourselves, the more you will learn and remember. In fact, the more you learn, the more you enable your brain to learn (it is just the opposite of a limited space that can be filled). So, go for it and enjoy limitless knowledge and mental blooming!

Meini Prawf


Adequate answer to the question, largely based on lecture material. No real development of arguments.


Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and structured. Good understanding of the material.


Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area clarity of argument and expression. Depth of insight into theoretical issues

Canlyniad dysgu

  1. Use a basic neuroscience vocabulary and demonstrate a capacity of orientation in the brain organ. Major subdivisions (such as the temporal lobe) should be known as well as essential subregions (e.g. primary auditory cortex).

  2. Localise the essential landmarks on external anatomy and common sections of the brain, and understand the principles of functiional subdivisions of the human cortex.

  3. Name the different parts of a neuron and show an understanding of the fundamental principles of neural communication.

  4. Demonstrate a basic understanding of structure-function relationships for major anatomical structures in the human brain.

  5. Illustrate the principles of the clinical approach, i.e. the characterization of a link between brain lesions and neuropsychological symptoms.

  6. Understand the importance of obtaining converging evidence from different sources (anatomy, physiology, lesion data, functional imaging and/or electrophysiology) in order to specify structure/function relationships.

Dulliau asesu

Math Enw Disgrifiad Pwysau
Final Exam 100

Strategaeth addysgu a dysgu


Two hour lecture each week.

Private study

Self-study of course material, and preparation for exam.


This is a hands-on brain anatomy practical lasting half an hour during which a brain anatomy expert will take you on a tour of the human brain. You will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hold a real human brain in your hands. The number of hours is indicative of preparation time and dedicated revisions.

Practical classes and workshops

This year, for the second time running, we will have 10 multiple-choice questions presented and answered at the beginning of 8 sessions about the content of the preceding session. After each mini-test, the lecturer will provide the answers and justify them. A number of the questions reviewed in these mini-tests will be included in the final exam.


Sgiliau Trosglwyddadwy

  • Llythrennedd - Medrusrwydd mewn darllen ac ysgrifennu drwy amrywiaeth o gyfryngau
  • 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
  • Mentora - Gallu cefnogi, helpu, arwain, ysbrydoli ac/neu hyfforddi eraill
  • 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.

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.
  • Retrieve and organise information effectively.
  • 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.
  • 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.


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