Our understanding of how the brain works has been
transformed in recent years, and this course provides
an opportunity to study this fascinating subject in
detail. We will explore the structure and function of
the normal brain and examine how damage through
congenital conditions, injury, disease or disorders
can affect its functioning and behaviour. How do
brain processes affect language, creativity, memory
and attention? How does the brain function when we
are stressed, alert, happy or sad? How plastic and
changeable is our brain and how much of what we
are and do is fixed? Where are memory, attention,
decision making and language functions located in
the brain? How can we study the brain? All these
issues and more will be explored with reference to
ongoing debates and the latest research.
Who is this course for
This course is for anyone who is interested in how psychology explains our behaviour. No previous knowledge or experience is needed.
What does this course cover
Each week we will be looking at a different topic that has been investigated by psychologists.
Examples of topics we will cover are
' Structure and function of the brain
' How do psychologists study the brain and understand its connections to behaviour, thoughts and feelings?
' Brain processes in emotional and cognitive functions
' What effects do different kinds of brain damage or congenital conditions have?
' Brain plasticity and recovery after trauma
You are also encouraged to recommend topics you would like to know more about
What will it be like
A number of different methods will be used including tutor exposition, pair and small group work and class discussion. A number of case studies will be used (both written and video clips) to illuminate the topics being examined .
What else do you need to buy or do
To benefit fully from this course it is recommended that students complete some of the recommended reading. You do not need to buy a text for this as handouts will be given and other resources will be available through the Moodle page for the course
What this course could lead to
There are a number of Psychology courses that you may be interested in attending at the Mary Ward Centre including, 'Introduction to Psychology' 'Forensic Psychology' and 'Developmental Psychology'. Some previous students have gone on to study at a higher level e.g. at Birkbeck.
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’