- describe major concepts in cognitive psychology
- analyze and critically evaluate theories and empirical studies in cognitive psychology
- understand the connection between basic and applied research in cognitive psychology
- apply major concepts and theories of cognitive psychology to real-life problems
- Describe сognitive psychology as a part of cognitive science
- List the assumptions of the information processing approach to cognition
- Explain the relationship between applied and basic research in cognitive psychology
- Define terms: attention, divided attention, selective attention, inattention blindness, change blindness
- Describe types of sensations and distinguish between distant vs. contact senses; general vs. special senses.
- Explain and give examples of Gestalt laws of perceptual organization
- Critically evaluate direct and indirect theories of perception
- Describe theories of forgetting (displacement, trace decay, repression, interference)
- Describe and provide examples of memory processes (encoding, storage, and retrieval)
- Describe the multi-store memory model (Atkinson & Shiffrin)
- Describe the structure of long-term memory (E. Tulving)
- Apply memory principles to real-life problems
- Critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on human decision-making
- Describe different heuristics and biases in decision-making (anchoring, framing, representativeness, availability, and etc.)
- Find, evaluate and use the necessary information from different sources in order to develop a critical test that allows to evaluate if an artificial intelligent system is conscious
- Cognitive Psychology: Introduction & Historical OverviewCognitive psychology as a subfield of cognitive science. Assumptions of the information processing approach to cognition. Research methods in cognitive psychology. Early studies of cognition. The difference between behaviorist & cognitive approach. Cognitive revolution and the birth of cognitive science. Criticism of the cognitive approach.
- Attention. Sensation & PerceptionDefinition & types of attention. Theories of selective attention. Inattentional & change blindness. Bottom-up vs. top-down processing of perceptual information. Definitions of perception and sensation. Types of perceptual constancies. Gestalt laws of perception. Direct vs. indirect theories of visual perception.
- MemoryMemory processes and systems. Studies and theories of short-term memory and long-term memory. Theories of forgetting: interference, trace decay, displacement, cue-dependent forgetting (retrieval failure), consolidation, repression. Memory errors in eyewitness testimony: confirmation bias, verbal overshadowing, cross-race effect, post- and pre-event information.
- Learning, Thinking, and Decision-MakingLearning in behaviorism vs. cognitive psychology. Exemplar vs. prototype theories of concept representation. Biases and heuristics in decision-making. Anchoring effect, framing effect, representativeness heuristic, confirmation bias. Characteristics of System 1 and System 2 (Stanovich, West, 2000). Problem-solving and creative thinking.
- Consciousness. Human vs. Artificial IntelligenceConsciousness as a conversational behavior & Chinese room argument. Consciousness as general intelligence & evolutional perspective (adaptability); Zombie argument. Consciousness as free will (acts, goals, plans); determinism paradox. Phenomenal consciousness and embodiment of cognition. Mary's room argument. Consciousness as self-awareness and awareness of others. Theory of mind and metacognition.
- Trends and challenges in cognitive psychologyThe embodiment of cognition. Emotions. Individual and cultural differences. How cognition relates to physical and social environments? Benefits and limitations of computational modeling.
- Seminar participation
- Project 1
- Project 2
- Exam testThe exam test conducted in a computer-based format (in person). Distant testing is not provided. The test consists of 40 multiple-choice questions evaluated equally with one or multiple correct answers. It is forbidden to use any reference materials or class notes during the examination.
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.3 * Exam test + 0.15 * Project 1 + 0.15 * Project 2 + 0.4 * Seminar participation
- Weisberg, R. W., & Reeves, L. (2013). Cognition : From Memory to Creativity. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=531239
- Chalmers, D. J. (1996). The Conscious Mind : In Search of a Fundamental Theory. New York: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=55770
- Dennett, D. C. (2005). Sweet Dreams : Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness. Cambridge, Mass: A Bradford Book. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=138505
- Levitin, D. J. (2002). Foundations of Cognitive Psychology : Core Readings. Cambridge, Mass: A Bradford Book. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=78136