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Cognitive psychology, a major branch in the field of psychology, is the scientific study of human adult mental processes. The goal of this course is to provide a broad introduction to the issues, methods, and phenomena that characterize the field. These will be brought to life with selected examples of influential empirical studies and, occasionally, practical applications. In seeking constraints on theories of how the mind works, we will draw primarily on studies of adult human behavior (e.g., reaction time, task accuracy), individuals with localized brain damage (e.g., visual agnosia), and measures of brain activity (e.g., as inferred using fMRI techniques). Computer models and nonhuman animal studies will also be considered. Broad topics will include attention, perception, memory, knowledge, reasoning, and decision making. The course is lecture-based but will incorporate discussions, demonstrations, video, and group activities.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIS)(NS&B)(PSYC)(SISP)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%
|Major Readings: (If discrepancies exist between major readings in Wesmaps and the results generated by the Text Book Information link, defer to the readings posted in Broad Street Books.)|
Text Book Information
Revlin, Russell (2013). Cognition: Theory and practice. New York, NY: Worth Publishers.
|Examination and Assignments: |
There will be 3 exams with objective and short answer sections, and some brief written activities.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Only one Wesleyan course can be taken non-graded towards the Psychology major. This is a Column 1 Breadth Requirement course in Psychology. The course is intended for prospective and declared Psychology majors as well as students with related interests. Students who have already taken NS&B 213 are encouraged to take PSYC 225 instead, as the present course assumes no knowledge of brain anatomy and physiology.
Students not admitted during preregistration will be admitted at the first class only if seats become available. Priority will go to students on the enrollment request list who previously unsuccessfully requested the course and to PSYC and NSB majors. Because the course often has a long request list, please do not email the instructor.
|Instructor(s): Patalano,Andrea L. Times: ..T.R.. 09:00AM-10:20AM; Location: TBA|
|Total Enrollment Limit: 40||SR major: 6||JR major: 10|| || |
|Seats Available: 14||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 2||JR non-major: 2||SO: 11||FR: 9|