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PS4086   Origins and Evolution of Mind Reading (Theory of Mind)

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available only to undergraduate students in the second year of the Honours Programme. Also available to postgraduate students on MSc in Evolutionary and Comparative Pyschology: the Origins of Mind

Planned timetable: 9.00 am - 11.00 am Fri

The module will offer a comparative approach to the emergence of the ability to understand mental states in children and non-human primates, and its alteration in autism. This ability (also known as Theory of Mind) is at the heart of many of humans unique cognitive achievements, but their origins can be traced back in evolution and development. The course will discuss the current state of research in this area, emphasising both empirical and conceptual aspects posed by the combination of the evolutionary and developmental approaches.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must pass PS2002

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour seminars plus office hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 128

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 75%, Coursework = 25%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 75%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 25%

Re-assessment: 2-hour Written Examination = 75%, Coursework = 25%, Re-assessment applies to failed components only


Module teaching staff: Dr J-C Gomez