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.
Perception and Attention
- Explain the relationship between perception and attention.
- Analyze the nature of the attention process.
- Break down the perceptual organizational process.
Episodic Memory: Distortions and Autobiographical Memory
- Analyze the concept of autobiographical memory.
- Examine the nature of memory distortion.
- Explain the controversy associated with recovered memories.
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.
Semantic Memory and Language
- Analyze the basic functions of language.
- Explain the function of semantic memory.
- 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.
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.
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