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This module begins with historical and foundational issues and progress to philosophical issues arising from areas of contemporary research in psychology. The particular areas of contemporary research will be chosen so as to connect with material that students will cover before, or in the same term as, this module.

Topics to be studied will include some of the following:

  • mechanist and functionalist approaches
  • naturalistic and hermeneutic approaches
  • cognitive science
  • cognitive architecture and modularity
  • computational modelling
  • the study of neuropsychological and psychiatric disorders
  • the scientific study of consciousness
  • philosophical issues arising from areas of contemporary research such as: agency; attention; competence and performance
  • evolutionary psychology
  • perception and action
  • spatial representation
  • theory of mind

The module will be delivered as a series of lectures with discussions and  assessment is based on a written assignment.