A study of human mental processes. The course covers concepts such as neurocognition, pattern recognition and attention, the function (and malfunction) of memory in its various forms, language, decision making, and problem solving. Prerequisites: Junior standing; PSYC/SOCI 175; 3 additional hours of PSYC courses
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s):
Junior standing; PSYC/SOCI 175; 3 additional hours of PSYC courses
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Offered odd Fall.
Most current editions of the following:
Cognitive psychology: Connecting mind, research, and everyday experience
By Goldstein, E. B. (Cengage) Recommended
Course Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate an understanding of the main concepts and theories of cognitive psychology
Demonstrate an ability to understand the empirical primary source literature in the discipline
Demonstrate the ability to critically discuss, compare, contrast, and/or integrate the theories, findings, and research of cognitive psychology
Demonstrate the ability to produce written work consistent with disciplinary (i.e.; APA 6e) standards.
Demonstrate the ability to accurately and effectively present cognitive psychology content to an audience.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
History and theoretical approaches in Cognitive Psychology
Perceptual processes - visual and auditory recognition
Perceptual processes - attention and consciousness
Long-term memory - levels of processing
Memory strategies and metacognition
Structure of knowledge
Language acquisition and comprehension
Long-term memory - encoding and retrieval
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.