Psychology 3224B 200 FW23

Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience

If there is a discrepancy between the outline posted below and the outline posted on the OWL course website, the latter shall prevail.




Department of Psychology 


Psychology 3224B Section 200 

Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience 




Neural mechanisms in human perception, spatial orientation, memory, language, and motor behavior. 


Prerequisite(s): Both Psychology 2801F/G and Psychology 2811A/B, or the former Psychology 2820E, or both the former Psychology 2800E and the former Psychology 2810, and one of Psychology 2220A/B, Psychology 2221A/B or Neuroscience 2000. 


Unless you have either the prerequisites for this course or written special permission from your Dean to enrol in it, you may be removed from this course and it will be deleted from your record. This decision may not be appealed. You will receive no adjustment to your fees in the event that you are dropped from a course for failing to have the necessary prerequisites. 


Antirequisite:Psychology 3227A/B. 


Antirequisites are courses that overlap sufficiently in content that only one can be taken for credit. If you take a course that is an antirequisite to a course previously taken, you will lose credit for the earlier course, regardless of the grade achieved in the most recent course. 


3 lecture/tutorial hours; Course Weight 0.5 




Instructor: Indra Bishnoi 

Office: Social Science Centre (SSC) 7440 

Office Hours: Monday 5-6 PM (held on Zoom) or by appointment 



Teaching Assistant: TBA  

Office Hours: TBA 

Email: TBA 


Time and Location of Tutorial Sessions: Available on Student Center

Delivery Method: Blended. Online asynchronous lectures and in-person synchronous tutorials. 


Students who are in emotional/mental distress should refer to Health and Wellness @Western for a complete list of options about how to obtain help. 


Please contact the course instructor if you require material in an alternate format or if you require any other arrangements to make this course more accessible to you. You may also contact Accessible Education at  or 519-661-2147. 


2.1 Online Learning Notice 


Please note: For courses delivered in an online format, include an online component, or are required to pivot online, students must have a reliable internet connection and computer that are compatible with online learning system requirements. Some courses may also require the use of a remote proctoring platform to ensure assessments are taken fairly in accordance with Western’s policy on Scholastic Discipline for Undergraduate Students and Scholastic Discipline for Graduate Students. Please refer to the course syllabus for further information. 




Required: Banich, M., & Compton, R. (2023). Cognitive Neuroscience (5th ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 


On select weeks, additional readings will be required. These will be posted on OWL. 




  1. To familiarize students with the mind as a phenomenon whose biological basis can be studied in scientific research; to explore and appreciate the strengths and limitations of current scientific knowledge in the field.
  2. To provide a comprehensive overview of the methodology, research findings, theories, and contentious issues in the study of cognitive neuroscience.
  3. To encourage the reading of primary source material on research in cognitive neuroscience; to encourage critical thinking and discussion of contentious issues.


Some material from the text or readings will not be covered in lectures; similarly, some material from the lectures will not be covered in the text or readings. Therefore, it is necessary that students view the pre-recorded lectures, attend tutorials, and do the readings regularly for successful completion of the course. 


Learning Outcome  

Learning Activity  


Depth and Breadth of Knowledge.  

  • Explain key concepts, theoretical approaches, empirical findings, and historical trends in neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience 
  • Describe the basic anatomical and functional systems of the human brain 
  • Define key concepts that characterize cognitive neuroscience as a field of scientific inquiry 



Assigned textbook and additional readings 


Tutorial/discussion sessions 

Group Discussions 




Final Exam 

Knowledge of Methodologies.  

  • Understand the strengths and limitations of well-established cognitive neuroscience methodologies, and how these methods contribute to the current state of knowledge in this field 



Assigned textbook and additional readings 


Tutorial/discussion sessions 


Written Assignments 



Group Discussions 




Final Exam 

Application of Knowledge.  

  • Apply established research methods to investigate cognitive neuroscientific questions 
  • Identify relevant neuropsychological mechanisms/ issues and apply to real-world contexts 

Additional readings 


Tutorial/discussion sessions 


Written Assignments 



Group Discussions 




Final Exam 

Communication Skills.  

  • Articulate the central questions and issues in contemporary neuropsychology/ cognitive neuroscience 
  • Communicate cognitive neuroscientific material and principles to a lay and scientifically literate audience 

Tutorial/discussion sessions 


Written Assignments 



Group Discussions 

Awareness of Limits of Knowledge. 

  • Critically analyze published research, including scientific background, methodology, results, and conclusions in the field of cognitive neuroscience/ neuropsychology 

Additional readings 


Tutorial/discussion sessions 


Written Assignments 



Group Discussions 

Autonomy and Professional Capacity. 

  • Practice the skills required to manage one’s own learning, including the utilization of course material and asking questions to increase understanding 
  • Work collaboratively with others towards a common goal and present the understanding gained from these experiences clearly 



Assigned textbook and additional readings 


Tutorial/discussion sessions 


Written Assignments 



Group Discussions 




The evaluation and testing formats for this course were created to assess the learning objectives as listed in section 4.0 and are considered necessary for meeting these learning objectives. 


Course performance will be evaluated based on the following sources: 

  1. Techniques in Neuroscience Assignment – 10%
  2. 2. Test 1 – 17%
  3. 3. Test 2 – 18%
  4. 4. Mini Review Assignment – 15%
  5. 5. Cumulative Final Exam – 35%
  6. 6. Participation in Tutorial Small Group Discussions/Assignments – 5%


In-Class Tests and Cumulative Final exam: Tests will be held during the in-person synchronous tutorial time. Final exam TBA, scheduled by the Office of the Registrar. Tests and the final exam will be based on both lecture material and assigned readings and consist of both multiple choice and short answer questions. They will be closed book and completed independently. While the final is cumulative, there will be a greater emphasis on the content covered after Test 2. No electronic devices of any kind will be permitted. 


Assignments: Assignments will include written responses (500-750 words). Guidelines and rubrics will be posted on OWL. Assignments will be submitted through OWL. 


Tutorial Discussions/Assignments: See class schedule/section 7.0 for a breakdown of tutorial activities. 




Missed In-Class Tests: No make-up tests will be scheduled in this course. If you have received academic consideration for an absence, your final exam will be reweighted to account for the missed test(s). Without submitted documentation, a mark of 0 will be assigned. 


Written Techniques in Neuroscience or Mini Review Assignments: Without submitted documentation, a late penalty of 10% of the assignment’s value per day will be applied to papers submitted after the deadline. If you have received academic consideration for the assignment, the deadline will be adjusted as recommended by Academic Counselling. 


Missed Group Discussions/Assignments: The grade for this component of the course will be assessed by group worksheets and/or assessments to be turned in at the end of each tutorial. For this component, your lowest weekly grade will be dropped from your overall grade. Therefore, if you miss only one week of synchronous class time for the term, you do not need to worry about this affecting your grade. No other make-up opportunities will be provided. 


The final exam can be rescheduled only with documented academic consideration.  


This course is exempt from the Senate requirement that students receive assessment of their work accounting for at least 15% of their final grade at least three full days before the date of the deadline for withdrawal from a course without academic penalty. 


The expectation for course grades within the Psychology Department is that they will be distributed around the following averages: 


70% 1000-level to 2099-level courses 

72% 2100-2999-level courses 

75% 3000-level courses 

80% 4000-level courses 


The Psychology Department follows Western’s grading guidelines, which are as follows (see: 


A+ 90-100 One could scarcely expect better from a student at this level 

A 80-89 Superior work that is clearly above average 

B 70-79 Good work, meeting all requirements, and eminently satisfactory 

C 60-69 Competent work, meeting requirements 

D 50-59 Fair work, minimally acceptable 

F below 50 Fail 


Note that in the event that course grades are significantly higher or lower than these averages, instructors may be required to make adjustments to course grades. Such adjustment might include the normalization of one or more course components and/or the re-weighting of various course components. 


Policy on Grade Rounding: Please note that although course grades within the Psychology Department are rounded to the nearest whole number, no further grade rounding will be done. No additional assignments will be offered to enhance a final grade; nor will requests to change a grade because it is needed for a future program be considered. To maximize your grade, do your best on each and every assessment within the course. 




The dates of each assessment components are as follows: 

  1. Techniques in Neuroscience Assignment – January 15th, 2024
  2. Test 1 – January 29th, 2024
  3. Test 2 – March 4th, 2024
  4. Mini Review Assignment – March 18th, 2024
  5. Cumulative Final Exam – TBA, scheduled by the Office of the Registrar
  6. Participation in Tutorial Small Group Discussions/Assignments – See class schedule/section 7.0







Readings to complete prior to class 

Tutorial activities/ group work 


Jan 8th  

Course Introduction 

Review of Brain Anatomy 

Chapter 1 

Escape Room Neuroanatomy Game 



Jan 15th  

Methods of Understanding the Brain 

Chapter 3 


*Techniques in Neuroscience Assignment Due 

Techniques in Neuroscience Group Discussion 


Jan 22nd   

Brain Development, Neuroplasticity, and Critical Periods 

Chapter 15 


Read one of the following articles (as assigned): 


Tierney et al., 2001 


Burns et al., 2022 

Clinical Case Studies Group Discussion 


Jan 29th   

In Class Test 1 


Test will be held during the live tutorial time 


Feb 5th   

Learning and Memory: From Acquisition to Extinction 

Chapter 9 

Exploring Measures of Learning and Memory and Class Discussion 


Feb 12th   

Neural Substrates of Emotion: Influence on Learning and Memory 

Chapter 12 

Brainwriting and Group Discussion 


Feb 19th  

Winter Reading Week – No Class 




Feb 26th   

Social Cognition: Understanding Ourselves Through Others 

Chapter 13 

Social Cognition Game 


Mar 4th   

In Class Test 2 


Test will be held during the live tutorial time 


Mar 11th   

Object Recognition: The “What” Ventral Visual Stream 

Chapter 6 


Group Crossword Puzzle 


Mar 18th  

Spatial Cognition: The “Where” Dorsal Ventral Stream 

Chapter 7 


*Mini Review Assignment Due 

Mini Review Group Discussion 


Mar 25th   

Understanding Psychopathologies 

Chapter 14 


Read one of the following articles (as assigned): 


Chafey et al., 2009 


Robichaud, 2013 


Kishi et al., 2004 

Clinical Case Studies Group Discussion 


Apr 1st   

Cognitive Psychology: Outside of the Laboratory 


“Into the Field” with Cognitive Neuroscience 



Final Exam – scheduled by the Registrar – to be held in person 







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Students are responsible for understanding the nature and avoiding the occurrence of plagiarism and other scholastic offences. Plagiarism and cheating are considered very serious offences because they undermine the integrity of research and education. Actions constituting a scholastic offence are described at the following link: 


As of Sept. 1, 2009, the Department of Psychology will take the following steps to detect scholastic offences. All multiple-choice tests and exams will be checked for similarities in the pattern of responses using reliable software, and records will be made of student seating locations in all tests and exams. All written assignments will be submitted to TurnItIn, a service designed to detect and deter plagiarism by comparing written material to over 5 billion pages of content located on the Internet or in TurnItIn’s databases. All papers submitted for such checking will be included as source documents in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of papers subsequently submitted to the system. Use of the service is subject to the licensing agreement, currently between Western and ( 


Computer-marked multiple-choice tests and/or exams will be subject to submission for similarity review by software that will check for unusual coincidences in answer patterns that may indicate cheating. 


In classes that involve the use of a personal response system (PRS), data collected using the PRS will only be used in a manner consistent to that described in this outline. It is the instructor’s responsibility to make every effort to ensure that data remain confidential. However, students should be aware that as with all forms of electronic communication, privacy is not guaranteed. Your PRS login credentials are for your sole use only. Students attempting to use another student’s credentials to submit data through the PRS may be subject to academic misconduct proceedings.  


Possible penalties for a scholastic offence include failure of the assignment/exam, failure of the course, suspension from the University, and expulsion from the University. 




If a remote proctoring service is used, the service will require you to provide personal information (including some biometric data). The session will be recorded. In the event that in-person exams are unexpectedly canceled, you may only be given notice of the use of a proctoring service a short time in advance. More information about remote proctoring is available in the Online Proctoring Guidelines. Please ensure you are familiar with any proctoring service’s technical requirements before the exam. Additional guidance is available at the following link: 


* Please note that Zoom servers are located outside Canada. If you would prefer to use only your first name or a nickname to login to Zoom, please provide this information to the instructor in advance of the test or examination. See this link for technical requirements:   




Western’s policy on Accommodation for Medical Illness can be found at: 


If you experience an extenuating circumstance (e.g., illness, injury) sufficiently significant to temporarily make you unable to meet academic requirements, you may request accommodation through the following routes:  

  1. For medical absences, submitting a Student Medical Certificate (SMC) signed by a licensed medical or mental health practitioner in order to be eligible for Academic Consideration;  
  1. For non-medical absences, submitting appropriate documentation (e.g., obituary, police report, accident report, court order, etc.) to Academic Counselling in their Faculty of registration in order to be eligible for academic consideration. Students are encouraged to contact their Academic Counselling unit to clarify what documentation is appropriate. 


Students must see the Academic Counsellor and submit all required documentation in order to be approved for certain accommodation. 


Students seeking academic consideration: 

  • are advised to consider carefully the implications of postponing tests or midterm exams or delaying handing in work;   
  • must communicate with their instructors no later than 24 hours after the end of the period covered SMC, or immediately upon their return following a documented absence 


Students seeking accommodation for religious purposes are advised to contact Academic Counselling at least three weeks prior to the religious event and as soon as possible after the start of the term. 




In the event of a COVID-19 resurgence or any other event that necessitates the course delivery moving away from face-to-face interaction, all remaining course content will be delivered entirely online, either synchronously (i.e., at the times indicated in the timetable) or asynchronously (e.g., posted on OWL for students to view at their convenience). The grading scheme will not change. Any remaining assessments will also be conducted online, as determined by the course instructor. 




In courses involving online interactions, the Psychology Department expects students to honour the following rules of etiquette: 

  • please “arrive” to class on time 
  • please use your computer and/or laptop if possible (as opposed to a cell phone or tablet) 
  • please ensure that you are in a private location to protect the confidentiality of discussions in the event that a class discussion deals with sensitive or personal material 
  • to minimize background noise, kindly mute your microphone for the entire class until you are invited to speak, unless directed otherwise 
  • In classes larger than 30 participants please turn off your video camera for the entire class unless you are invited to speak 
  • In classes of 30 students or fewer, where video chat procedures are being used, please be prepared to turn your video camera off at the instructor’s request if the internet connection becomes unstable 
  • Unless invited by your instructor, do not share your screen in the meeting 


The course instructor will act as moderator for the class and will deal with any questions from participants. To participate please consider the following: 

  • If you wish to speak, use the “raise hand” function and wait for the instructor to acknowledge you before beginning your comment or question. 
  • Please remember to unmute your microphone and turn on your video camera before speaking. 
  • Self-identify when speaking. 
  • Please remember to mute your mic and turn off your video camera after speaking (unless directed otherwise). 


General considerations of “netiquette”: 

  • Keep in mind the different cultural and linguistic backgrounds of the students in the course. 
  • Be courteous toward the instructor, your colleagues, and authors whose work you are discussing. 
  • Be respectful of the diversity of viewpoints that you will encounter in the class and in your readings. The exchange of diverse ideas and opinions is part of the scholarly environment. “Flaming” is never appropriate. 
  • Be professional and scholarly in all online postings. Use proper grammar and spelling. Cite the ideas of others appropriately. 


Note that disruptive behaviour of any type during online classes, including inappropriate use of the chat function, is unacceptable. Students found guilty of Zoom-bombing a class or of other serious online offenses may be subject to disciplinary measures under the Code of Student Conduct. 




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Student Development Services:  


Psychology Undergraduate Program: 


If you wish to appeal a grade, please read the policy documentation at: 

Please first contact the course instructor. If your issue is not resolved, you may make your appeal to the Undergraduate Chair in Psychology ( 


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Policy on the Recording of Synchronous Sessions: Some or all of the remote learning sessions for this course (if scheduled) may be recorded. The data captured during these recordings may include your image, voice recordings, chat logs and personal identifiers (name displayed on the screen). The recordings will be used for educational purposes related to this course, including evaluations. The recordings may be disclosed to other individuals participating in the course for their private or group study purposes. Please contact the instructor if you have any concerns related to session recordings. Participants in this course are not permitted to privately record the sessions, except where recording is an approved accommodation, or the student has the prior written permission of the instructor.