Cognitive Psychology

University of Newcastle

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Cognitive Psychology

  • Host University

    University of Newcastle

  • Location

    Newcastle, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Behavioral Science, Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

    10
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Description

    It examines psychological processes such as attention, memory, word recognition, reasoning and problem solving. Laboratory exercises are used to demonstrate these basic psychological processes.

    This course forms part of an Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.

    Content

    This course provides a strong theoretical foundation for those students intending to enter any field of Professional Psychology but especially the area of Clinical Psychology and Clinical Neuropsychology.

    PSYC2300 consists of three modules: ATTENTION, MEMORY & OTHER COGNITIVE PROCESSES.

    ATTENTION:
    There are many aspects to attention including selective attention, divided attention, arousal, vigilance, supervisory control. This course will introduce students to the main aspects of attention and their theoretical explanations. Applied aspects of attention, in particular clinical applications, will also be examined with particular reference to unilateral neglect, attentional problems in head injured patients and in schizophrenia. The current theoretical explanations of attention will be assessed in the light of such deficits and disorders, in particular what contribution experimental psychology makes to the understanding and treatment of these problems. Other topics which may be covered are developmental aspects of attention, attentional influences on perception, cognitive neuroscience of perception and attention, the relationship of attention to consciousness, monitoring and control of cognitive processes.

    MEMORY:
    This course will explore different models and conceptualizations of memory.

    It will examine experimental evidence supporting these models of human memory. These models will be examined in the light of neuropsychological data such as amnesia and other memory problems. The forensic implications of memory will also be addressed.

    COGNITIVE PROCESSES:
    We look at how higher cognitive processes such as language, reasoning and problem solving are studied.

    Related courses:
    PSYC2400, PSYC2500, PSYC3300,PSYC3301, PSYC3501

    Assessment Items
    Written Assignment: brief written lab reports
    Written Assignment: full length lab report
    Formal Examination: final examination

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.