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Бакалаврская программа «Социология и социальная информатика»

Psychology of cognition

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
4-й курс, 1 модуль

Course Syllabus


Every day our mind performs incredibly complex computations. It helps us to make sense out of sensory information, memorize different things, learn new concepts and categories, make decisions and creatively solve problems. All these topics are studied by cognitive psychology. The course is designed for students that already have basic knowledge in psychology and want to deepen their understanding of human cognition. Students will learn about the most influential theories and empirical studies of perception, attention, memory, learning, thinking, and consciousness. Seminar activities designed to develop critical thinking and communication competence, while group projects and home assignments promote the ability to apply knowledge to real-life problems.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • 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
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Describe сognitive psychology as a part of cognitive science
  • Match cognitive science fields with examples of research topics
  • Distinguish between applied and basic research in cognitive psychology
  • Analyze and critically evaluate theories and models of selective attention
  • 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)
  • Explain the multi-store memory model (Atkinson & Shiffrin)
  • Describe the structure of long-term memory (E. Tulving)
  • Apply memory principles to real-life problems
  • Define terms: cognitive bias, heuristics, bounded rationality
  • Critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on human decision-making
  • Describe different heuristics and biases in decision-making (anchoring, framing, representativeness, availability, and etc.)
  • Describe and explain the stages of cognitive development
  • Describe conceptual thinking and its characteristics
  • Explain the joint attention hypothesis of language acquisition (Tomasello)
  • Critically evaluate the Biolinguistic theory of universal grammar (Chomsky)
  • 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
  • Identify and describe contemporary trends and developments in cognitive psychology
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Cognitive Psychology: Introduction & Historical Overview
  • Attention. Sensation & Perception
  • Memory
  • Knowledge & Decision-Making
  • Thinking, Language, & Intelligence
  • Consciousness. Human vs. Artificial Intelligence
  • Modern Trends in Cognitive Psychology
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar participation
  • non-blocking Project 1
  • non-blocking Project 2
  • non-blocking Exam test
    The 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

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.3 * Exam test + 0.15 * Project 1 + 0.15 * Project 2 + 0.4 * Seminar participation


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • 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

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • 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