This module covers core topics in Cognitive Psychology, such as perception, mental imagery, attention, memory, language and consciousness. The lectures will provide up to date coverage of scientific knowledge in these areas. The lectures will examine how these processes enable human expert performance, as well as how performance may break down in certain neurological disorders, as well as how these processes are engaged in everyday behaviours. The laboratory class will teach scientific skills including, data analysis and scientific writing.
The module will consider examples of human talents; such as bilingualism, as well as human limitations, such as our working memory capacities. The module will cover core areas of cognition as defined by the British Psychological Society such as perception, mental imagery, attention, memory, language, and consciousness. These will be discussed both with reference to laboratory-based experiments, and also how these processes may be disrupted and may breakdown in various conditions, such as dyslexia, amnesia, and other neuropsychological conditions. Finally, the lectures will address how basic cognitive processes apply to complex real-world behaviours.