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Individual Differences (PGT Conv) PSYCH5049

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Key topics include the field of Individual Differences in ability, personality, emotion and cognition, including coverage of key concepts and theories in intelligence and the biological bases of personality.


10 hours of lectures

Requirements of Entry

At least 2:1 honours degree in a science subject.


100% exam, answer 1 question from a choice of 3

Main Assessment In: April/May

Course Aims

To provide coverage of individual differences in personality, emotion and intelligence, including coverage of the brain systems involved in these.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ Demonstrate a critical understanding of key contributions of neuroscience to the investigation of individual differences

■ Demonstrate a critical awareness of the contribution of a range of wider disciplines to the study of individual differences

■ Critically evaluate research exploring key aspects of individual differences in emotion and emotion regulation

■ Demonstrate a critical awareness of key contemporary research evidence related to intelligence

■ Demonstrate an extensive critical understanding of trait theory and key applications in practice

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.