The 3 Most Important Trends in Psychology Research Right Now

Current Issues in the Field of Psychology

Psychological / August 19, 2022


Psychology School


One Semester

2 Lecture hours, 1 Tutorial hour

BPsySc, BSc(Hons) in Psychology, BArts(Hons) in Psychology

Will change depending on topic but usually essay, oral presentation and exam.

Professor Jason Mattingley

This course is not currently offered, please contact the school.

This course provides students with the opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge of the theoretical & research basis of current issues in psychology. The psychology area covered will vary from year to year.

2016 Topic This course will provide students with the opportunity to gain indepth knowledge of the theoretical and research basis of current issues in the field of cognitive neuroscience. Topics to be covered include a history and overview of approaches to understanding brain/behaviour relationships; neural mechanisms underlying selective attention, including pathologies of attentional processes (spatial neglect, simultanagnosia, ADHD); characteristics of conscious versus unconscious perception; neural mechanisms underlying multisensory interactions, including syndromes of anomalous multisensory perception (eg synaesthesia); brain processes involved in face recognition and facial expression analysis; neural circuits involved in spatial navigation; executive control and its relation to addictive behaviour; the organisation and control of action; and mechanisms responsible for brain plasticity. The tutorials will provide students with an opportunity to critically evaluate recent research findings in each of the topic areas covered in the lectures.

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