A unique opportunity for students interested in the fields of Psychology and Behavioural Science to explore these fascinating areas of study, whilst living in a college of the University of Oxford.
This one-week summer programme, residential on the campus of the University of Oxford, can be combined with Part 1 in this series, “Conducting Psychological Research”, to form a longer immersion in this fascinating subject.Apply Now
This course will focus on cognition in humans and critically evaluate it from both psychological and more wider behavioural perspectives in relation to a number of contemporary areas of Psychology. These areas will include memory and personality, as a well as abnormal and developmental psychology.
It will begin by introducing the fundamentals of working memory research and theory, looking at the various theories and research evidence but also going beyond this to assess its real world applications and consider how it can be measured. It will examine in depth the structure and function of the brain, key brain research and critically assess the value of brain activity measurement techniques. In addition to covering all the main areas of current cognitive and behavioural research, students will critically assess the value of behavioural science and psychology to the study of ‘abnormal’ or ‘non-normal’ population psychology, investigating its role in the diagnosis and treatment of depression, schizophrenia, stress, developmental and memory disorders.
The course will then consider the contemporary value of attachment theories in the light of key research studies, and round off with an analysis of cognitive aspects of social psychology and social behaviour of individuals and as group members. Examples include, prejudice, conformity, attitudes, stereotypes, aggression and interpersonal relationships.
By the end of the course students will understand:
|Monday||Lecture 1: Working Memory and the Brain|
|Seminar 1: Working Memory practicals and group discussion|
|Tuesday||Lecture 2: Developmental Psychology|
|Seminar 2: Applications of Developmental Psychology|
|Wednesday||Lecture 3: Abnormal Psychology|
|Seminar 3: Abnormal Psychology practicals and debates|
|Thursday||Lecture 4: Attachment Theory|
|Seminar 4: Critical discussion and contrastive practicals connected to attachment theory|
|Friday||Lecture 5: Social Psychology|
|Seminar 5: Presentations, course review and action planning|
1 x Written Assignment (500-750 words)
1 x Group Presentation
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