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Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 220
Fall 2015
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: NS&B 220
Certificates: Civic Engagement

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.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: NSM PSYC
Course Format: LectureGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: PSYC105
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CIS)(NS&B)(PSYC)(SISP)
Past Enrollment Probability: Less than 50%

Last Updated on NOV-29-2015
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