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Cognitive Psychology

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
3 year, 1, 2 module


Tikhonov, Roman

Course Syllabus


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
  • apply major concepts and theories of cognitive psychology to real-life problems
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Apply memory principles to real-life problems
  • Critically evaluate direct and indirect theories of perception
  • Critically evaluate theoretical perspectives on human decision-making
  • Define terms: attention, divided attention, selective attention, inattention blindness, change blindness
  • Describe and provide examples of memory processes (encoding, storage, and retrieval)
  • Describe different heuristics and biases in decision-making (anchoring, framing, representativeness, availability, and etc.)
  • Describe the multi-store memory model (Atkinson & Shiffrin)
  • Describe the structure of long-term memory (E. Tulving)
  • Describe theories of forgetting (displacement, trace decay, repression, interference)
  • Describe types of sensations and distinguish between distant vs. contact senses; general vs. special senses.
  • Describe сognitive psychology as a part of cognitive science
  • Distinguish between connectionist and symbolic approaches to mental representation.
  • Explain the relationship between applied and basic research in cognitive psychology
  • 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
  • List the assumptions of the information processing approach to cognition
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Cognitive Psychology: Introduction & Historical Overview
  • Sensation & Perception. Attention.
  • Memory
  • Learning, Thinking, and Decision-Making
  • Consciousness. Human vs. Artificial Intelligence
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Seminar activities
    Seminar assignments (0-7 points) + class participation bonus (0-3 points).
  • non-blocking Project 1
  • non-blocking Project 2
  • non-blocking Exam test
    The test consists of 30-40 multiple-choice questions evaluated equally and takes no more than 60 minutes to complete. Students CAN use handwritten or printed notes during the test, but they can NOT communicate with each other.
  • non-blocking Reading assignments
    Your reading and discussion activity will be automatically tracked using perusall.com with an additional (manual) evaluation of the quality of your annotations and questions.
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.15 * Reading assignments + 0.3 * Seminar activities


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