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  • 1. MSc Social Cognitive NeuroscienceSchool of PsychologyCollege of Life Sciences and Medicine
  • 2. Background
Course overviewThis interdisciplinary degree programme is based in How to apply Apply online at:the School of Psychology at the University ofAberdeen. The course is co-ordinated by Professor www.abdn.ac.uk/sras/postgraduate/applyNeil Macrae and Dr David Turk. Social cognitiveneuroscience utilises the complementary insights and For further information, please contactapproaches of neuroscience and social science toexplore the social and emotional components of Ms Dana Hohuman behaviour. School of Psychology College of Life Sciences and MedicineAim William Guild Building University of AberdeenThis course would provide an excellent platform for Aberdeen AB24 2UBthose students wanting to pursue a career or further Tel:+44 (0)1224 273645study in the area of social or cognitive neuroscience. Email:dana.ho@abdn.ac.ukObjectives Course CoordinatorThis Masters level programme has been designed to Professor Neil Macraeprovide a sound theoretical and practical background to School of Psychology College of Lifethe principles and applications of social cognitive Sciences and Medicineneuroscience. This includes computer programming, William Guild Buildingbrain imaging analysis, social cognition and social University of Aberdeencognitive neuroscience, and human neuroanatomy. Aberdeen AB24 2UBThese skills will aid students in undertaking a detailed Tel:+44 (0)1224 272245research project in a single area of social cognitive Email: c.n.macrae@abdn.ac.ukneuroscience selected from a range of topics offered byfaculty members.Learning outcomesBy the end of this programme, students should beable to:1  Demonstrate an understanding of structure- function relations in the brain.2  Design and create experimental software capable of presenting various stimuli and recording subject responses along with neuroimaging signals3  Conduct and analyze electrophysiological and fMRI experiments.4  Understand key issues social cognitive neuroscience.5  Carry out an independent research project utilising social cognitive neuroscience methods, and present the findings to others.
  • 3. The
 Content Entry requirements The MSc comprises taught and research Entry to the course is restricted to those modules which include an introduction to human with the equivalent of an upper second anatomy, fMRI and ERP methods, theoretical class degree in Psychology or related perspectives in social cognitive neuroscience, discipline. and computer programming for research purposes. Costs In addition students will also get hands-on Full-time fees for academic year 2010/11: experience of data processing in the two most common forms of functional imaging (ERP and UK/EU students £3,400 fMRI). This experience can then be used to International (non-EU) students £11,800 analyse students own data on related research projects. Students may also apply for a competitive bursary award from the College of Life Science and Medicine. Research Project Length Students will complete an individual research project with an academic supervisor on a topic The course will be taught on a full-time relevant Social Cognitive Neuroscience. basis, over one year. Assessment The MSc is is awarded on the basis of continuous assessment of coursework, essays, critical reviews, group work and presentations. The research project is assessed by dissertation and viva exam. Award of the MSc degree requires successful completion of the taught modules and research dissertation. Teaching venues The course will be based in School of Psychology, William Guild Building (below), King’s College Campus. Classes will also take place in the Institute of Medical Sciences Building, Foresterhill Campus and Aberdeen Royal Infirmary fMRI Centre. “The

  • 4. Programme
The course is made up of three units. Students must pass each unit in order to progress to the next.Students awarded 60 credits points can exit with a PG Certificate. Those who gain 120 credit pointscan exit with a PG Diploma, but only those with 180 credit points can graduate with a MSc award.For a PG certificate (PgCert) in Social Cognitive Neuroscience (60 credits)Unit 1AN 4002 Brain Function and Malfunction (15 credits)PS 5003 Research Methods in Social Cognitive Neuroscience A (30 credits)PS 5004 Experimental Programming for Social Cognitive Neuroscience (15 credits)For a PG diploma (PgDip) in Social Cognitive Neuroscience (120 credits)Unit 2Students must gain the 60 credit points available under the PgCert plus an additional 60 creditsfrom:PS 5503 Research Methods in Social Cognitive Neuroscience B (30 credits)PS 5504 Theoretical Perspectives in Social Cognitive Neuroscience (20 credits)PS 5505 Research Project Outline (10 credits)Unit 3PS 5900 Thesis in Social Cognitive Neuroscience (60 credits)Current projects have included fMRI studies of gender stereotyping, assessing social cognitiveprofiles in traumatic brain injury, and mapping eye movements to social scenes in patientpopulations.
Faculty biographiesNeil Macrae is a Professor in the School of Psychology. He is world leader in Social CognitiveNeuroscience, particularly in the use of fMRI techniques to explore the neural basis of social cognition.David Turk is a Senior Lecture in Cognitive Neuroscience in the School of Psychology. His interests are inthe neural mechansims that support self-referential encoding and memory.Rachel Swainson is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology. She is an expert in the use ofelectrophysiological techniques in the study of Human cognition.Gordon Waiter is a Senior Lecture in the Department of Radiology. His expertise surrounds the use offunctional magnetic resonance imaging.Jim Urquhart teaches our computer programming module. This course is aimed to provide students withsome experience of programming and how it can be used in social cognitive neuroscience.Dr. Bettina Platt is a Reader in the School of Medical Sciences. She teaches on the anatomy module ofthe MSc. course.In addition, other faculty members in the School of Psychology act as supervisors on research projects.
  • 5. Module Details AN4002 – Anatomy PS 5004– Experimental Programming for Dr. Bettina Platt Social Cognitive Neuroscience 15 credits Jim Urquhart 15 creditsThis module is designed to provide students with a basicunderstanding of key anatomical regions and their This module is designed to provide students withfunctional significance. basic skills in programming experiments in social cognitive neuroscience. This will include dataThe course will contain lectures, seminars, practical extraction and interfacing with functional imagingclasses and a brain dissection session. It is assessed tools.by coursework and one written examination. The course will contain lectures and practical classes. It is assessed by the satisfactory PS5003– Research Methods A (ERP) completion of coursework. Dr. Rachel Swainson 30 credits PS5503– Research Methods B (fMRI) Dr. Gordon WaiterThis module provides students with a theoretical and 30 creditspractical understanding of electrophysiological researchmethods. Students will as part of this course be taught This module provides students with a theoreticalhow to process and analyze ERP datasets. and practical understanding of functional magnetic imaging research methods. Students will as partThe course will contain lectures, and practical sessions. of this course be taught how to process andIt is assessed by satisfactory completion of coursework. analyze fMRIdatasets. The course will contain lectures, and practical PS5504 – Theoretical Perspectives in Social sessions. It is assessed by satisfactory Cognitive Neuroscience completion of coursework. Prof Neil Macrae 20 credits PS5505 – Research Project Outline in SocialThis seminar course engages students in a discussion of Cognitive Neurosciencethe theoretical and practical issues surrounding research Project Supervisorin social cognitive neuroscience. 10 creditsIt is assessed by the satisfactory completion of This module is undertaken by students and theircoursework. project supervisors. It is designed to provide students with a details background to their own PS5900 – Research Thesis in Social Cognitive research project. Neuroscience Project Supervisor It is assessed by the satisfactory completion of 60 credits coursework.This module is undertaken by students and their projectsupervisors. It requires a prolonged period of study in Generic Skills Componentthe students chosen project area. Various FacultyIt is assessed by the satisfactory completion of of a In addition to these core modules, students willresearch dissertation, a poster presentation, and a viva also attend generic skills sessions on topics suchexam. as grant writing, web page design, disseminating research, ethical issues, and thesis writing.“I
 Students are also expected to attend other School Research Seminars and give Psycholoquiaanatomy
  • 6. How to get to AberdeenTrainRail services connect Aberdeen both north and south. There are regular direct trains to London and servicesfrom Edinburgh and Glasgow link with other mainline routes. Inverness, the scenic West Coast and theHighlands are reached northwards. Services are run by First Scotrail, National Express East Coast, andCrosscountry. See www.thetrainline.com for details of timetables and fares.AirAberdeen’s international airport is served by a number of major carriers (BA, BMI, Eastern, Flybe, Ryanair, AirFrance) providing an extensive network of routes throughout the UK, direct to Europe and worldwide throughmajor hubs. British destinations include three London airports (Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton), Manchester,Newcastle, Birmingham, Bristol and Norwich, Exeter, Southampton, East Midlands, as well as the ScottishHighlands and Islands. Major continental destinations include Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin, Copenhagen andStavanger. The airport is situated a few miles north of the city centre. Taxis are available outside the terminalbuilding and cost approximately £15 to King’s College campus.RoadThe main traffic routes into Aberdeen are the A90 from the South and the A96 from the North. Roads south toEdinburgh and Glasgow and onward carry fast coach services linking Aberdeen with the UK’s major cities.Coach services are provides by Citylink and Megabus.See www.abdn.ac.uk/central/vcampus/ for up to date information and detailed maps.City of Aberdeen Basic Road Map ABERDEEN RIVER Peterhead A92 DO N To Airport A9 Bridge of Don 6 Dyce, Airport & North GREAT NORTHER N ROA D AR DRIVE ACH IE ST M SL D A LE OA ST R O N AD LT REET HI RO D CAIRNCRY ROA KING ST G FO N R VE ROAD RI ASHGRO ES WESTBU ESTERHILL R C O RN GE HIL B L RD OR RN GE OAD DR ROAD WESTBURN ANDERSON ST LANG STRACHT RE ET MIDSTO CKET ROAD ’S GA TE C TREET S KING Alford IO N Ferry Terminal UN DR Bus/ VE AD A9 RO Railway I 44 ’S EEN Station ET QU STRE AD O RA: King’s College campus, Old Aberdeen. ST ER N URN WE DThis is where the School of Psychology, RI A T NG O EA RIVE RN R HOLB GRUniversity accommodation, library, and ED TH E R AD Oleisure facilities are situated. ID S RIVER SOUB: Foresterhill: This is where the hospital AT REand medical school are situated. G Braemar Bridge of Dee RoundaboutsC: City Centre with shops, restaurants, A9 3 0 1/2 Mileand leisure facilities, plus the train and A956 E RIVER DE A90bus stations. (Ring Road) Glasgow, Edinburgh & South SouthPhotograph of King’s College Chapel by Ian Cowe PAGE SEVEN