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PS4089 Neural Basis of Episodic Memory

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Availability restrictions:Available only to students in the second year of the Honours programme.
Planned timetable:11.00 am - 1.00 pm Tue

This module will examine how the brain enables us to remember information from our personal experience. It will present students with cutting edge research using both humans and animals that gives us an insight into how the psychological components of episodic memory can be represented and processed by the brain. We will go on to look at how this type of research is applied in fields such as future thinking and memory decline in dementia. The course will include lectures and student presentations based around current research articles in the field.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for Single and Joint Honours Psychology, Psychology with Biology, Psychology with Film Studies, Psychology with Geography, Neuroscience.

UG Pre-requisite(s):Average grade of 11 or better in PS2001 and PS2002 from the first sitting or permission of the Psychology Honours Adviser


Optional for MRes in Neuroscience

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:2-hour seminars plus office hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 20
  • Guided independent study: 130

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 75%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 25%
UG As used by St Andrews:Written Take Home Examination = 75%, Coursework = 25%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%
Postgraduate Assessment :Written Take Home Examination = 75%, Coursework = 25%


Module coordinator:Dr J A Ainge
Module teaching staff:Dr J A Ainge