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.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

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)

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of PSY425 in Session 2 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Argument summary 1
Argument summary 2
Argument summary 3
Residential school attendance

Residential School

This subject contains a 3 day Compulsory Residential School.

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

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.