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PSY504 : Cognitive Psychology

Course Overview

Course Synopsis

This course provides an introduction to Cognitive Psychology and its foundations. This course explores the areas of cognitive processes, including perception, attention, memory, language and thought and the interaction of all these. The course will give you an overview over past and current research and theory in cognitive psychology, a basic understanding of the empirical methods used, and an understanding of the ways in which knowledge of these processes has been applied to real-world problems and to improve the quality of life. This course mainly focuses on the operations of the mind, which are the topic matter of Cognitive Psychology, are so ubiquitous that they are difficult to address and even notice.

Course Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, you should be able to develop an insight about followings:

  • How the scientific method works within the context of cognitive psychology;
  • How the usage of many theoretical concepts (like attention, memory, imagery) is rooted in everyday language, metaphors and 'folk psychology', but how their meaning then is further defined, clarified and often changed by empirical investigations and the development of scientific theories;
  • To know the well established cognitive theories about attention, memory, perception and language development;
  • Discuss current empirical research relevant to theories of cognition;
  • Appreciate the logic of research design and the interpretation of findings as they relate to relevant theories of cognition;
  • Discuss how research and theory in cognitive psychology have been applied to real-world problems.

Course Calendar

Introduction and Historical Background1Handouts1-4
The Information Processing Approach2Handouts5-8
Cognitive Neuropsychology3,4,5Handouts9-15
Visual sensory memory experiments6Handouts16-18
Quiz No. 01
Assignment 01
Capacity Models of Attention9Handouts26-28
Multimodal theory of Attention10Handouts29-31
Assignment 02
Pattern recognition14Handouts40-42
Pattern recognition: Template Matching Models15Handouts43-44
Pattern recognition: Feature analysis16Handouts45-46
Object perception17Handouts47-54
Attention & pattern recognition18Handouts55-59
Pattern recognition: Neural networks19Handouts60-62
Pattern recognition: voice-onset time and adaptation paradigm21Handouts65-67
Pattern recognition: Gestalt theory of perception22,23Handouts68-73
Midterm Exams
Memory (Short Term Working Memory)24Handouts74-78
Memory (Short Term Working Memory)25Handouts79-81
Memory (Chunking)26Handouts82-84
Quiz 02
Memory (Forgetting)27Handouts85-87
Memory (Atkinson & Shiffrin Model)28Handouts88-89
Assignment 03
Memory (Atkinson & Shiffrin Model)29Handouts90-93
Memory (Interference)30Handouts94-96
Memory (Interference)31Handouts97-99
Memory (Long Term Memory)32Handouts100-101
Memory (long Term Memory)33Handouts102-104
Memory (Representation of Knowledge)34Handouts105-108
Graded Discussion Board 01
Memory (Representation of Knowledge)35Handouts109-111
Memory (Representation of Knowledge)36Handouts112-114
Memory (Representation of Knowledge)37Handouts115-117
Quiz 03
Memory (Representation of Knowledge)38Handouts118-120
Memory (Representation of Knowledge)39Handouts121-123
Memory (Study Methods)40Handouts124-127
Quiz 04
Memory (Mental Imagery)41Handouts128-134
Mental Imagery42Handouts135-136
Language & Thought43Handouts137-140
Cognitive Development44Handouts141-143
Cognitive Development45Handouts144-147
Final Term Exams
Disclaimer: This is a tentative plan for the semester. It can be changed if needed and students will be informed via announcement.
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