Cognitive Psychology 2.
4, 5 semester
To review the most important experimental methods and paradigms of cognitive psychology in the topics of perception, attention, cognitive control, learning, memory, language, thinking and problem solving. The presented exparimental paradigms and the tasks are also useful help for successfully cpmpleting the comprehensive exam.
Learning outcome, competences
- acknowledgeing the genral structure and reason of designing experiments
- introduction to basic experimental paradigms
- undertanding the imponrtance of making experiments
- realization of the importance of experimental methods
- understanding the methodological part of scientific papers
- acquitition of the skill of understanding the visually represented results
- acquisition of a critical and alanytic attitude
Content of the course
Topics of the course
1. Introduction & how to write a research report
2. Vision: faces and complex patterns
3. Auditory attention: localization
4. Learning: creating habits
1st Homework deadline (Introduction)
5. Working memory
6. Declarative memory
2nd Homework deadline (Method)
9. Decision making
3rd Homework deadline (Results)
11. Cognitive control
4th Homework deadline (Abstract)
13. Final exam/ Midterm re-take
Deadline of re-take homework
14. Final exam re-take/Closure
Learning activities, learning methods
Evaluation of outcomes
Learning requirements, mode of evaluation, criteria of evaluation:
- Written exams (midterm+final)
2 x 25 = 50 points
- Presentations (10-15 min)
presentation about the theoretical background of the actual class, paired work
4 x 5 = 20 points
short (approx. half page) written summaries of different parts of experiments (theoretical background, description of methods, results, abstract)
Two from each part, only the better one will count in the end of the semester
Deadline: see the detailed syllabus
- Final paper
full lab report: short (1-2 pages) written summary of one individually chosen experiment: introduction, stimuli, methods, results, discussion, references
Regular attendance, max. 3 misses (except the first practice)
Compulsory reading list
- Sekuler, R., & Blake, R. (2006). Perception. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
- Baddeley, A., Eysenck, M. W., & Anderson, M. C. (2009). Memory. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.
- Eysenck, M. W., & Keane, M. T. (2005). Cognitive Psychology. A Student’s Handbook. 4th Edition. Hove; New York: Psychology Press.
Recommended reading list
- Atkinson & Hilgard’s Instroduction to psychology. 15th edition. (2015). Cengage Learning.
- Baddeley, A. D. (1997). Human memory: Theory and practice. Psychology Press.