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Unit information: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology in 2015/16

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Unit name Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Unit code PSYC10006
Credit points 10
Level of study C/4
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1A (weeks 1 - 6)
Unit director Professor. Bowers
Open unit status Open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

This unit introduces fundamental theories of attention, perception, language, and memory, and describes key experiments that lend support to these theories.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On completion of the unit, you should be familiar with the major theoretical perspectives taken in cognitive psychology. This should provide you with new insights into how the mind (brain) supports a range of key cognitive capacities, including perception, memory, and language. You will have a general understanding of the methodologies and techniques used in cognitive psychology, and you will have engaged with active research at the School of Experimental Psychology.

Teaching Information

This unit comprises 12 x 50 minutes lectures, plus a 50 minute revision session for the end of unit examinations. Students will also participate in 2 hours’ worth of experiments at the School of Experimental Psychology.

Assessment Information

  • This unit is assessed 100% MCQ examination
  • Participation in 2 hours’ worth of the Experimental Hours Scheme is required for the award of credit.

Reading and References


Schacter, D.l., Gilbert, D.T., Wegner, D.M. & Hood, B. (2011). Psychology. Houndmills: Palgrave MacMillan.

Suggestions for recommended and further reading will be made separately through Blackboard