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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Advanced Social Cognitive Psychology
Module Code PSYC509
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Lorraine Boran
Semester 2: Lorraine Boran
Autumn: Lorraine Boran
Module TeachersSimon Dunne
Lorraine Boran
NFQ level 9 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

The aims of this module are to provide an advanced overview of theoretical, conceptual, research and methodological advances, at, or informed by, the forefront of enquiry within social cognitive psychology. Particular focus will be on social cognitive components of individual and group construal. Critical consideration will be given to factors influencing social cognition, affect and motivation. A social neuroscientific approach will also be critically considered within the module in terms of theory of mind.

Learning Outcomes

1. Critically consider and evaluate key conceptual, theoretical, research and methodological advances, at, or informed by, the forefront of social cognitive psychology.
2. Demonstrate a critical awareness of social cognitive components of individual and group construal.
3. Critically identify and consider key factors influencing typical and atypical social cognitive function, including affective and motivational factors.
4. Critically appraise the neuroscientific approach to social cognition.
5. Critically consider implicit and explicit approaches to profiling attitudes.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture22Lecture based on indicative content; Asynchronous and synchronous format; Active listening and engagement with lecture material; some synchronous contact
Seminars44 workshops to supplement lectures on key topics; Synchronous; Moderator and Student-led.
Online activity5Loop Discussion Fora
Independent Study94Independent Study for seminar preparation; and assessments.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to studying social cognition.

Understanding social cognitive components of individual and group construal:
social information encoding, representation and retrieval

Social categorisation and social reasoning

Affect and motivational factors in Social Cognition; regulation of social cognitive processes

Social Neuroscience: Theory of mind; mirror neuron system; social cognitive disorders

Controversies in Attitude research: implicit and explicit approaches to understanding and measuring attitudes.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
AssignmentOpinion Piece in Frontiers in Psychology under a special topic- social cognition/reasoning.30%n/a
ParticipationInteractive Oral Interview70%n/a
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Martha Augoustinos, Iain Walker: 2014, Social Cognition: An Integrated Introduction, 3, SAGE Publications, 978-144621051
  • Aronson, E. & Aaronson J.: 2018, The Social Animal., Worth Publishers.,
  • Nick Braisby, Angus Gellatly: 2012, Cognitive Psychology,, 2nd, Oxford University Press, London,
  • Michael Eysenck, Mark T. Keane,: 0, Cognitive Psychology Ed7, 7th, Psychology Press, UK,
  • Susan Fiske, Shelley Taylor: 2017, Social Cognition: From brains to culture, 3, SAGE Publications, 978-147396929
  • Ken Gilhooly, Fiona Lyddy, Frank Pollick: 2014, Cognitive Psychology, McGraw-Hill, Berkshire, UK,
  • Gross, J.J.: 2013, Handbook of emotion regulation, 2nd, The Guilford Press, London, UK,
  • Jutta Heckhausen (Editor), Carol S. Dweck (Editor) 2009: 2009, Motivation and Self-Regulation across the Life Span, Cambridge Press, US,
  • Schutt, R. K, Seidman L.J, Keshavan M.: 2015, Social Neuroscience, Harvard University Press, US,
  • Edward E. Smith and Stephen M. Kosslyn; with the contributions of Lawrence W. Barsalou: 2009, Cognitive psychology, Prentice Hall, Saddle River, NJ, US,
  • Gordon B. Moskowitz: 2005, Texts in social psychology, Guilford Press, London, UK,
  • Vohs, K.D., Baumeister, R.F.: 2016, Handbook of self-regulation: Research, theory and applications, 3rd, The Guilford Press, London, UK,
  • Wiebe, Sandra; Karbach, Julia: 2017, Executive Function: Development Across the Life Span (Frontiers of Developmental Science), 1st, Psychology Press, UK,
  • Vicki Bruce, Andy Young: 2011, Face Perception, Psychology Press Hove UK,
  • David Hardman (Editor), Laura Macchi (Editor): 2005, Thinking: Psychological Perspectives on Reasoning, Judgment and Decision Making, Wiley, Chichester, UK,
  • Keith J. Holyoak Ph.D. (Editor), Robert G. Morrison Ph.D. (Editor): 2012, The Oxford Handbook of Thinking and Reasoning, Oxford University Press, UK,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
MPCMSc in Psychology (Conversion)

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