Cognitive Psychology

A survey of cognitive psychology, including topics in attention, memory, visual, auditory, and other forms of information processing, decision making, and thinking.

Learning Outcomes:

At the conclusion of this course, given your hard work, persistence, and dedication, you will…

  • Understand why attention is a valuable mental resources and its role in behavior.
  • Be able to identify how the malleability of perception influences experience.
  • Be able to identify, explicate, and apply the major theories of cognitive psychology.
  • Understand the experimental techniques used to study cognition.
  • Be able to identify and discuss the systems of human memory and the role of knowledge in language and decision making.
  • Have gained an understanding of how abstract cognitive psychology theories can be used to modify behavior.
  • Be able to apply the principles of conscious & unconscious cognition in order to benefit your daily life and the lives of others.

Course Project:

Video Outreach Project. Student groups select two topics from Cognitive Psychology and create public-outreach videos, posted on YouTube. Each video contains a review of the relevant literature on the topics, a brief review of the typical methods used to investigate the topics, a “mini-documentary” focused on how to apply the topics to benefit other college students, and a summary review of how the application is evidence-based.