Cognitive Psychology


This course will introduce you to the theory, research and methods underlying modern cognitive psychology. The emphasis throughout is on the potential application of cognitive psychological research. The course is topic-based and progresses from a consideration of underlying cognitive processes (e.g., memory, attention, perception) toward more complex, high-level procedures, such as problem solving, intelligence and decision making. You will consider the following four areas during this course: essential background material on the historical traditions of modern cognitive psychology and a top down view of modern cognitive theory;review of research and theory on basic cognitive processes, such as memory, attention, and perception;information on a number of topics related to the manipulation and application of cognitive information, such as language, problem solving, decision making, and intelligence; andconsideration of several "real world" applications of cognitive psychology. The laboratory component aims to acquaint you with the major paradigms of cognitive psychology.

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To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed: BESC 1123, BESC 1380, BESC 1122; BESC 1121 Principles of PsychologyBESC 1126, BESC 1381, BESC 1125; BESC 1124 Foundations of Psychology Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

Materials supplied

All relevant course materials are included.

Materials to bring

Pen/pencil and notebook.



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