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This is an introductory course in cognitive psychology: the science of how the mind and brain are organised to produce intelligent human thought processes. Topics include visual cognition, attention, memory, problem solving and expertise, reasoning and decision making, and language comprehension.
What has more computing power than a billion PCs, is readily portable, and weighs less than 1.5 kg? How does this magnificent machine comprehend language and make inferences, such as for example that the previous sentence refers to the human brain? What is known about how the brain stores information from scenes and our environs, our past experiences, and general world knowledge so that the right information is conveniently available just when you need it, except in a test or exam? What is attention and why does it appear to be so selective? Do we ever process information unconsciously? What is known about our methods for solving problems? In our everyday thinking and decision-making does the brain lead us to follow logical rules and the rational procedures that economists assume or has evolution provided us with other modes of thought more suited to the uncertainties of our social and physical worlds? How do people become skilled and expert? Clever experiments coupled with brain imaging technologies are enhancing knowledge of human cognition and its underlying brain processes. Virtually every domain in psychology draws upon findings and concepts generated in cognitive psychology. You will find this course fundamental preparation for your later studies in social, industrial-organisational, abnormal, biological, clinical, forensic, and developmental psychology. Every student who is considering postgraduate study in psychology would be wise to include the study of human cognition in his or her undergraduate programme.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
PSYC104, or PSYC105 and PSYC106, or with the approval of the Head of Department, a pass in a professional year of Engineering, or in approved courses in Computer Science, Linguistics, or Philosophy
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Cognitive Psychology and Its Implications;
O'Shea, R., & McKenzie, W;
Writing for Psychology;
Domestic fee $834.00
International fee $3,788.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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