PS425-5-SP-CO:
Cognitive Psychology

The details
2023/24
Psychology
Colchester Campus
Spring
Undergraduate: Level 5
Current
Monday 15 January 2024
Friday 22 March 2024
15
26 January 2024

 

Requisites for this module
(none)
(none)
(none)
(none)

 

(none)

Key module for

BA C801 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C802 Psychology,
BA C807 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BA C810 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C800 Psychology,
BSC C803 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C811 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C812 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C806 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C808 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
BSC C809 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
BSC C813 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC999 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
MSCICA98 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
MSCICA99 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C814 Psychology with Economics,
BSC C815 Psychology with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C816 Psychology with Economics (Including Placement Year),
BSC C817 Psychology with Economics (Including Foundation Year),
BA C841 Economics with Psychology,
BA C851 Economics with Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C861 Economics with Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C148 Economics with Psychology,
BSC C149 Economics with Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C158 Economics with Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C168 Economics with Psychology (Including Placement Year),
MSCIC998 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods,
MSCICB98 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Placement Year),
MSCICB99 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module explores the basic cognitive processes involved in thinking about the world, interacting with the world, and experiencing the world.


Often as users of these processes they just work and the complexity of the underlying operations are hidden; a kind of "user illusion". Students will learn about the emerging scientific picture of how these basic processes operate, thereby gaining a better appreciation of the underlying complexity, and a renewed appreciation of the brilliance of these operations.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:



  • To examine different methods and techniques used in the scientific study of cognition.

  • To provide a significant body of knowledge about the psychological processes involved in core areas of cognition psychology.

  • To provide a broad theoretical background to important contemporary issues in the scientific study of cognition.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:



  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the psychological processes involved in core areas of cognitive psychology, such as perception, attention, memory, language.

  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of different theoretical accounts of core areas of cognitive psychology, such as perception, attention, memory, language.

  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the different methods and techniques used in the scientific study of cognition, and the limitations of these methods.

Module information

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.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • One 2-hour lecture per week.
  • Additional sessions focussing on the lab report.
  • Two small group interactive lab classes.

The lecture will cover the different areas of cognition. The interactive lab classes will focus on data collection and data analysis.

Bibliography

This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Lab Report  25/04/2024  100% 
Exam  MCQ exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) 
Exam  Reassessment MCQ exam: In-Person, Open Book (Restricted), 120 minutes during September (Reassessment Period) 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%

Reassessment

Coursework Exam
50% 50%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Guyan Sloane, email: gs16502@essex.ac.uk.
gs16502@essex.ac.uk

 

Availability
No
No
No

External examiner

Dr John Patrick Rae
Roehampton University
Reader in Psychology
Resources
Available via Moodle
Of 12 hours, 12 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.

 

Further information
Psychology

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