PSY433 Cognitive Psychology

Lead Faculty: Dr. Nicole Polen-Petit

Course Description

The study of psychological functioning in the area of mental operations, largely uninfluenced by individual differences in personality or motivation. This encompasses the areas of attention, pattern recognition and other perceptual achievements, memory, problem solving, categorization and concept formation, language acquisition and use, textual interpretation and decision making.

Learning Outcomes

  • Compare and contrast the major methods used in the study of cognitive psychology.
  • Trace major trends and developments in cognitive psychology.
  • Critically evaluate major theories of memory and attention.
  • Analyze major concepts and theories about concept formation, problem solving, thinking and intelligence.
  • Compare and contrast theories of cognitive and language development, language acquisition, and language use.
  • Classify recent developments in pattern recognition and perceptual processing.
  • Describe cultural differences in thinking, language, and problem solving.
  • Articulate the neurobiological basis of cognition.