Human Learning and Memory

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Learning and Memory

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PS 1000 LE Psychology as a Natural Science
    PS 1001 LE Psychology as a Social Science

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION: 
    This course is an empirical and theoretical examination of the processes of learning and memory. For learning the focus is on habituation, classical and operant conditioning and behaviorist approaches. Although, most of the research findings come from animal experiments, the relevance of these findings and concepts to understanding human behavior are discussed. For memory the focus is primarily on human memory. Students are introduced to the empirical and theoretical examination of the process of memory, regarding the mechanisms of acquiring, storing and retrieving information.

    RATIONALE: 
    This course is considered an essential part of undergraduate education in psychology in most colleges. The principles emerging from learning constitute critical components of adaptive behavior in humans and play a central role in most aspects of behavior: from the acquisition of basic motor skills or complex social and cognitive skills, to the organization and retrieval of knowledge that guides decisions. The course is intended for Psychology majors.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Summarize and compare the key theoretical premises and concepts of the major Learning theories
    2. Apply knowledge of Learning theories to real-world situations and evaluate evidence.
    3. Identity and explain concepts, premises and processes of theories on memory.
    4. Illustrate ways in which a range of factors influence memory processes.
    5. Apply underlying principles of memory to everyday problems

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING: 
    In congruence with teaching and learning strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    - Lectures, discussions, and in-class activities.
    - Relevant educational films
    - Office hours
    - Use of Blackboard site