PSYC208-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Cognition

15 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020

Description

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.

Pre-requisites

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

Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 C3 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 A2 Lecture Theatre 13 Jul - 23 Aug
7 Sep - 18 Oct
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 20 Jul - 16 Aug
7 Sep - 20 Sep
02 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 20 Jul - 16 Aug
7 Sep - 20 Sep
04 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 (23/7-13/8, 17/9)
Rehua 003 Music (10/9)
20 Jul - 16 Aug
7 Sep - 20 Sep
05 Wednesday 12:00 - 14:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 (22/7-12/8, 16/9)
Rehua 529 (9/9)
20 Jul - 16 Aug
7 Sep - 20 Sep
06 Tuesday 11:00 - 13:00 Psychology - Sociology 225 20 Jul - 16 Aug
7 Sep - 20 Sep

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ewald Neumann

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Examination 40%
Laboratory Exercises 15%
Research Report 25%
Test 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Anderson, J.R; Cognitive Psychology and Its Implications; 9th Ed; New York: Worth, 2020.

Recommended Reading

O'Shea, R., & McKenzie, W; Writing for Psychology; 6th Ed; Cengage, 2013.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $867.00

International fee $4,250.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the department and colleges page.

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