Cognitive Psychology –

psych560

(3 credits)

This course surveys what modern cognitive psychology says about problem solving and reasoning, memory, language, imagery, and the processes and pathology of language and thought. Cognitive models of information processing in humans and animals are reviewed.
This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. This course is available to take individually or as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Advisor.

The Basics of Cognitive Psychology

  • Explain the evolution of cognitive psychology as a discipline.
  • Analyze cognitive processes.
  • Evaluate research methods used in cognitive psychology experiments.

Perception and Attention

  • Break down the perceptual organizational process.
  • Analyze the nature of the attention process.
  • Explain the relationship between perception and attention.

Episodic Memory: Recognition and Long-Term Memory

  • Analyze the identification and classification processes involved in recognizing an object.
  • Explain the role of concepts and categories in identifying and classifying objects.
  • Analyze the role of encoding and retrieval processes involved with long-term memory.

Episodic Memory: Distortions and Autobiographical Memory

  • Examine the nature of memory distortion.
  • Explain the controversy associated with recovered memories.
  • Analyze the concept of autobiographical memory.

Semantic Memory and Language

  • Explain the function of semantic memory.
  • Analyze the basic functions of language.
  • Examine the stages of language production.

Problem Solving and Decision-Making

  • Analyze the dynamics of problem representation and problem solution.
  • Analyze the nature of function of insight and creativity.
  • Examine the nature of function of reasoning, judgment, and decision-making.

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