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Neurolinguistics explores relation between language and brain

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I want to pursue a course in Neurolinguistics in UK. Please provide more information about the course. What are the career prospects of the course?

SREERAKUVANDANA

Neurolinguistics is the study of the neural base of language. It explores the relation between language and the different parts of the brain. It deals with how language is represented and processed in the brain. The science deals with the mechanism underlying comprehension and production of language. It also covers language disorders - both acquired and developmental.

The study of Neurolinguistics involves analysis of the effects a person’s internal and external communication has on the brain. Here, the essential sources of knowledge are CT scans and MRIs, which facilitate measurement of brain activity during language tasks in normal and lesioned brains.

Neurolinguistics is an interdisciplinary science of Neuroscience, Linguistics, Cognitive Science, Neuropsychology, Chemistry and Computer Science. It is closely related to psycho-linguistics, which deals with cognitive mechanism of language. These two fields not only collaborate to test and evaluate each other’s theories but also complement endeavours for advancement.

It finds application in the fields of sociology, anthropology, language arts, philosophy, cultural studies, communication, public speaking, education and therapy.

The department of Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics at University of Essex, Colchester, UK, offers MA in Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics. The course facilitates research in human language processing, language representation in brain and language disorders. During the study, students get to explore the similarities and differences between sounds, words and sentences, understand different language impairments and investigate the nature of language based on data from human language processing and language disorders.

Some of the topics covered are mental lexicon, sentence processing, foundations of linguistics, sentence processing, and experimental design and analysis.

The university provides and excellent research and teaching environment backed by extensive learning resources and laboratories. It takes pride in its staff with international reputation. The curriculum includes seminars from eminent speakers.

After the completion of the course, you are eligible to teach or pursue research in English, Linguistics, Sociology, Education and Cognitive Science. If you are proficient in any other language, you can teach that language or try your hand at translation. Documentation of endangered languages, preparation of teaching material, publishing, social work, administration, public speaking and retail are some more options.

The eligibility criterion for the course is upper second-class honours degree, or equivalent, in relevant subject. You should submit your IELTS or TOEFL score as evidence for your English language proficiency. For more details, log on to www.essex.ac.uk

I want to pursue a course related to Psychology. I am very much interested in the subject but not keen on taking up career in the field. Please provide details of institutes that offer courses related to psychology or counselling in distance mode.

SIRISHA

Psychology is a fascinating stream of science that provides insights into personality, attitude, responses and behaviour of human beings. Knowledge of psychology can be useful in any field. It can help improve your interpersonal skills and enhance your prospects of success.

Coming to courses, you can choose a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PG Diploma level course in Psychology, Applied Psychology or Counselling. Given below are the details of some of your options.

Indira Gandhi National Open University, Delhi offers MA in Psychology. The eligibility criterion is graduation. For details, log on to www.ignou.ac.in

Sri Venkateswara University, Directorate of Distance Education, Tirupathi offers M.Sc in Psychology. Graduates in any discipline can apply for the course. The institute offers Postgraduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling also. For details, log on to www.svude.in Annamalai University, Directorate of Distance Education, Annamalai Nagar (http://annamalaiuniversity.ac) offers M.Sc Applied Psychology.

Alagappa University, Directorate of Distance Education, Karaikudi offers B.Sc in Psychology. The eligibility criterion is 10+2 or diploma. Log on to www.alagappauniversity.ac.in for more details.

T. MURALIDHARAN

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