Subject details

  • Topics
    • Topic 1: Dyslexia
    • Topic 2: Aphasia
    • Topic 3: Specific language Impairment
    • Topic 4: Autism
    • Topic 5: Synaesthesia
    • Topic 6: Amnesia
    • Topic 7: Agnosia
    • Topic 8: Delusions
    • Topic 9: Schizophrenia
    • Topic 10: Modelling Delusions Using Hypnosis
    • Topic 11: Disorders of the Self
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Embedded Multimedia
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Standard Media
      • Web links
    • Online Materials
      • Resources and Links

At the completion of this subject students will have the ability to:

describe the characteristic features of a range of delusions and cognitive disorders;

explain key concepts and issues in light of scholarly cognitive theory and empirical work in the cognitive sciences;

analyse the strengths and weaknesses of competing explanations and theories of psychological disorders and delusions;

critique popular or prejudicial claims about delusions, disorders, and the mind from an informed and evidence-based perspective;

integrate and apply knowledge about psychological disorders to real-world social policy and healthcare contexts in which debates about normality, personal identity, and psychological health arise.

  • Assignment 1 - Non-Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Assignment 2 - Participation (5%)
  • Assignment 3 - Quiz (15%)
  • Assignment 4 - Report (40%)

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a subject

Entry Requirements

Equivalent Subjects

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-COGX201

Special requirements

No special requirements

This subject was previously known as COGX201 Disorders and Delusions of Mind.

This subject is designed to provide you with an understanding of the basic cognitive disorders and higher-level delusions that can arise either developmentally or as a result of brain injury. You will learn about the characteristic features of these disorders and delusions, and about how the patterns of symptoms displayed can be accounted for in terms of models of normal cognitive processing. Where relevant, you will be familiarised with theories about the underlying cases of the conditions, and with experimental investigations of the efficacy of particular treatments. Patterns of similarities and differences of conditions will be critically examined. Conditions covered include: dyslexia, specific language impairment (SLI), aphasia, amnesia, agnosia, synaesthesia, autism, auditory hallucination, delusion and schizophrenia.

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