Cognitive Psychology – PSYC 575

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

Discussion of theory and research in cognitive psychology. Topics include attention, memory, language, learning, reasoning, and decision-making.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The purpose of this course is to develop an advanced understanding of the major concepts, theories, methodologies and empirical findings of contemporary cognitive psychology. The course will also help students develop the skills necessary to understand and critique research in the field of cognitive psychology. As the emerging field of cognitive neuroscience is becoming an increasing influence in our understanding of how the brain works, special attention will be given the neurological mechanisms thought to be responsible for cognitive phenomena.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Articulate major theories and concepts in cognitive psychology.
  2. Evaluate empirical evidence in the field of cognitive psychology.
  3. Articulate the basic neurobiological mechanisms of cognitive processes.
  4. Critically evaluate major theories of memory and attention.
  5. Discuss a biblical worldview as it relates to the critical issues pertaining to cognitive psychology.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 500 words, demonstrate course-related knowledge, and include at least 3 scholarly sources, not including the course text and/or Bible. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words.

Journal Article Summaries (4)

Throughout the course, the student will use a provided template to write 4 article summaries for his/her Research Paper.

Research Paper

Outline and Reference Page

The student will submit an outline and reference page of at least 5 references in current APA format that supports the  research paper.

Research Paper

The student will write a 12–14-page research paper in current APA format discussing and evaluating the current research in the field of false memories. The paper must have a reference page of at least 12 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Exams (4)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the modules/weeks prior to its due date. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20–50 short answer and essay questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.