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PS4090   Face Perception and Human Attraction

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Available only to students in the second year of the Honours Programme.

Planned timetable: 9.00 am - 11.00 am Wed

This advanced-level module will focus on face perception. The aim is to provide understanding of the development and evolutionary basis of driving forces behind human relationships and knowledge of the biological basis and psychological manifestations of these influences. Topics include: the neural basis of face attraction; development of face preferences; hormone influences on preferences and competition; sexual selection, kin selection; facial cues to health and social behaviour. Teaching will be based on the origin of individual differences, and the interaction between experience and biological factors in shaping human mate choice.

Relationship to other modules

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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 0.5-hour lectures, 1.5-hour seminars and 1-hour office hour throughout the semester.

Scheduled learning hours: 22

Guided independent study hours: 128

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module teaching staff: Prof D Perrett