Learning And Cognition –

psy390

(3 credits)

This course concerns the study of learning from the most basic associationistic ideas to complex cognitive behaviors such as problem solving and thinking.  Various ideas regarding the nature of the mind are presented along with the fundamental concepts of learning and conditioning.  Strengths and weaknesses of the memory system are discussed as they relate to higher cognitive processes such as language, problem solving, and eyewitness identification.  Neurophysiological correlates of cognitive phenomena and memory disorders are also discussed.
This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

Introduction to Learning and Cognition

  • Define learning and its behavioral component.
  • Describe different types of learning.
  • Analyze the relationship between learning and cognition.
  • Apply learning and cognitive theories to real world situations.

Functionalistic Theories

  • Describe the major theoretical concepts of functionalistic theories.
  • Analyze the modern-day relevancy of functionalistic theories.
  • Examine operant conditioning theory.

Associationistic Theories

  • Describe the major theoretical concepts of associationistic theories.
  • Analyze the modern-day relevancy of associationistic theories.
  • Examine classical conditioning theory.

Cognitive Theories

  • Describe the major theoretical concepts of cognitive theories.
  • Analyze the modern-day relevancy of cognitive theories.

Neurophysiological and Evolutionary Theories

  • Describe the major theoretical concepts of neurophysiological and evolutionary theories.
  • Analyze the modern-day relevancy of neurophysiological and evolutionary theories.

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