The aim of this course is to introduce students to the theory, research, and methods underlying modern cognitive psychology. The emphasis throughout is on the potential application of cognitive psychological research. The course is topic-based, and progresses from a consideration of underlying cognitive processes (e.g., memory, attention, perception) toward more complex, high-level procedures, such as problem solving, intelligence, and decision making. This course is divided into four areas that provide: essential background material on the historical traditions of modern cognitive psychology and a top-down view of modern cognitive theory; a review of research and theory on basic cognitive processes, such as memory, attention, and perception; information on a number of topics related to the manipulation and application of cognitive information, such as language, problem solving, decision making, and intelligence; and a consideration of several "real world" applications of cognitive psychology. The laboratory component will attempt to acquaint students with the major paradigms of cognitive psychology.
BESC1122/1123/1121/1380 Principles of Psychology, BESC1125/1126/1124/1381 Foundations of Psychology &