This course will present an introduction to several theoretical and research areas of Cognitive Psychology. We will examine how people acquire, remember, and use knowledge. Topics include memory, attention, perception, mental imagery, reading comprehension, problem solving, cognitive skills, decision making, social cognition, the the role of cognition in contexts such as athletic performance, law, mass media, medicine, art, theater, education, and politics.
Besides the textbook (Matlin, 2003), a set of readings (research articles) will be assigned during the semester. All of the required readings are available from electronic journals (some can be accessed from this webpage- see below; alternatvely, all of the readings can be accessed from Blackboard). Please see the syllabus for the complete list of reading assignments and dates.
I have listed several web links for each of the major cognitive psychology topics we will cover this semester. The purpose of this webpage is to supplement the course through the provision of www links that students can explore, investigate, and analyze. These links vary greatly in the type of information presented. Some sites provide information of direct relevance to specific cognitive concepts and research that we will cover in class; other sites represent applications of cognitive psychology to other academic areas and "real world" uses (e.g., advertising, sports, medicine, art, literature, and education).
Cognitive Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence
Cognitive Psychology and the Arts/Humanities
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