Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Cognition

LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course


DEPARTMENT Cognitive Science

DESCRIPTION This study-unit aims to provide grounding in major topics in Cognition. It will begin with a brief historical perspective on how the field of Cognitive Psychology emerged from earlier scientific endeavours and will discuss its particular approach and contribution to Cognitive Science. The remaining lectures will tackle - necessarily quite briefly - a broad range of topics from mainstream Cognitive Psychology, including Memory, Concepts & Categories, Problem Solving, Judgment, Reasoning, and Decision Making. Relevant experimental paradigms will be used throughout.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit will seek to enable students to identify and describe the main subject areas within Cognitive Psychology, with a particular emphasis on Memory, Decision Making, and Thinking.

It also aims to provide the skills necessary to analyze and interpret the results of key experiments from the field of cognitive psychology, showing how they contribute to our current understanding of the workings of the human brain.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe the foundation concepts and questions that form the basis of cognitive psychology;
- identify and describe the major subject areas in cognitive psychology, providing example experimental methods and results that illustrate key points;
- demonstrate critical thinking during a written assignment by evaluating the strengths and weakness of the current theories of memory, decision making, and thinking.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- critique a theoretical model with reference to the empirical evidence;
- discuss in writing potential additional evidence for or against a theoretical model;
- appreciate the interplay between the different fields contributing to an area of study;
- critically evaluate possible limitations of a given experiment and suggest design modifications;
- critically evaluate ideas presented in journal papers and to discuss these ideas in writing.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text:

Eysenck, M.W. & Keane, M.T. (2015). Cognitive psychology: A student's handbook, (7th ed.). Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Supplementary Readings:

Baddeley, A., Eysenck, M.W., Anderson, M.C. (2015). Memory. East Sussex: Psychology Press.

Frith, C. (2007). Making up the mind: How the brain creates our mental world. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing.

Gazzaniga,M. (2018). Psychological Science (6th edition). W.W. Norton & Company.

Kahneman, D. (2013). Thinking, Fast and Slow. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

Reisberg, D. (2016). Cognition: Exploring the science of the mind (6e). New York, USA: W.W. Norton & Company.


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Classwork SEM1 No 25%
Essay SEM1 Yes 75%

LECTURER/S Noellie Brockdorff

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