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Unit information: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology in 2017/18

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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 provides an introduction to the fundamental theories of attention, perception, language, and memory, and describes key experiments that lend support to these theories.

The aims of this unit are to cover a conceptual understanding of core cognitive processes, the experimental methods and techniques used in cognitive psychology, and the link between brain and behaviour.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. Identify the major theoretical perspectives taken in cognitive psychology.
  2. Recognise the new insights into how the mind (brain) supports a range of key cognitive capacities, including perception, attention, memory, and language.
  3. Define the methodologies and techniques used in cognitive psychology.

Teaching Information

Weekly lectures, and a revision session.

Assessment Information

Multiple-choice examination (100%).

Reading and References


Schacter, D. L., Gilbert, D. T., Wegner, D. M., & Hood, B. M. (2015). Psychology (2nd European ed.). UK: Palgrave MacMillan.

Recommended and further reading will be made available through Blackboard