PSY425 Cognitive Science (8)

The aim of this subject is to enable students to develop intensive research and reasoning skills in the area of cognition. Each year three areas of contemporary research will be examined. Topic areas will closely relate to current research being undertaken within the School. The subject will focus upon the competing theories and models currently under consideration in these areas, the types of research paradigms employed to evaluate these, and an evaluation of recent empirical studies.

Subject Outlines
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* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Enrolment Restrictions

4th year Psychology students only. Not available to students who have completed PSY425 Cognitive Neuroscience.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the state of contemporary research in at least three critical topics in cognition
  • be able to demonstrate an exposure to problems in understanding brain-behaviour relations
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of how theory develops in psychology
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of the interaction between theory and empirical research
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of how research is conducted in psychology
  • be able to demonstrate an awareness of the formal and informal interactions that occur between research teams, and how these have contributed to the advance of ideas


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • topics will be selected from the areas of cognitive psychology. Criteria for topic selection are
  • it must be an active area of contemporary research
  • there should be a number of easily identified research teams or groups throughout the world currently working on the topic
  • the research topic should be able to be expressed as a ?problem? to be solved
  • there should be a number of well developed theories which integrate research from a different disciplines in addressing the problem
  • although it should be an area of basic research, there should also be clear implications for applied research (e.g., neural and cognitive processes of attention)

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

No change is proposed to the residential school for this subject .


Current Students

For any enquiries about subject selection or course structure please contact Student Central or or phone on 1800 275 278.

Prospective Students

For further information about Charles Sturt University, or this course offering, please contact info.csu on 1800 275 278 (free call within Australia) or enquire online.

The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.