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COURSE NUMBER: PSYC 363
COURSE TITLE: Cognition
NAME OF INSTRUCTOR: Dr Robert Hossack
CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION: credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 0)
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course explores the activities and products of the human mind – how does thinking happen? Imagination? Creativity? How do we know what we know and how do we operate on that knowledge to solve problems? Topics include attention and consciousness, pattern recognition and perception, language, thinking and problem-solving, imagery, representation of knowledge, and artificial intelligence.

Prerequisites: PSYC 250 and 301
REQUIRED TEXTS: Matlen, M. W. (2013). Cognitive Psychology, (8th Ed). New York: Wiley.
MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:
Short paper (4-5 pages)15%
Midterms40%
Final Examination 45%
100%
COURSE OBJECTIVES:
  • To obtain a broad understanding of the science of mental life (cognition), as defined by contemporary research methods, theories, and findings
  • To gain greater insight as to how the mind works, its vulnerabilities and strengths, and how research can be applied to everyday life
  • To explore the integration of various aspects of contemporary research in cognitive psychology and a personal faith perspective and religious views
LECTURE OUTLINE:
  • Introduction to cognitive psychology
  • Perception: Visual and auditory recognition
  • Perception: Attention and consciousness
  • Working memory
  • Long-Term memory
  • Memory strategies & Metacognition
  • Mental imagery & Cognitive maps
  • General knowledge
  • Language Comprehension
  • Language Production
  • Problem solving and creativity
  • Deductive Reasoning & Decision Making
  • Cognitive development: Lifespan


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