Cognition module (PY51010)

Explore core areas of cognitive psychology including sensory processing, attention, memory, problem solving, learning strategies, and cognitive biases

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Cognitive psychology is the study of mental processes such as perception, problem-solving, language, and memory, with a focus on how we process and interpret information. This module provides in-depth information on core areas of cognitive psychology.

Topics covered in this module include:

  • auditory and visual sensory processing, including object and face recognition
  • attention, including social attention and multitasking
  • working memory and sensory memory
  • problem solving, decision making, and reasoning
  • learning strategies
  • cognitive biases and cognitive disorders

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • learn about theories that help to explain various cognitive processes
  • learn how historical and recent empirical evidence shapes our understanding of cognitive processes
  • learn how specific cognitive processes and their disorders influence various areas of psychology and cognition, and why it is important to have a thorough understanding of core cognitive processes
  • develop the skills to critically evaluate research

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of core areas in cognitive psychology
  • critically assess various theories and studies in cognitive psychology
  • present a thorough critical evaluation of research in psychology
  • find evidence-based, peer-reviewed research in psychology

Assignments / assessment

  • multiple-choice quizzes (40%)
  • essay (60%)

This module does not have a final examination.

Teaching methods / timetable

  • lectures
    • flipped-classroom approach allows you to go over core material (reading and videos) in your own time
    • learned material will be strengthened and any questions discussed and solved
  • tutorials
    • introduce coursework assignment
    • provide all necessary skills and information to complete coursework
  • independent study
    • required for flipped-classroom approach in lectures

If you prefer a more structured learning approach, a weekly voluntary "watch party" will be offered to go over the material in a group, guided by your lecturer.


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