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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY2004 Module Title: COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY 2 FOR APS
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.202A(COG)
Level: HE2 Module Co-ordinator: SOWDEN PT Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semester 2 only.

Assessment Pattern
1) One 1200 word essay [weighted 25%]
2) A one hour examination [75%]
Module Overview
Successful completion of all Level 1 core Applied Psychology and Sociology modules. All other Level 2 APS Psychology modules are co-requisites.
Module Aims
The aim of this course is to have students explore the theories, methods and findings in studies of perception and cognition.

By the end of the module, the students should have an understanding of the nature and scope of research on perception and cognition, be aware of the theoretical approaches which have been used to describe and explain behaviour in this domain, and present evidence of reasoning and analytical skills which will enable them to critically evaluate these approaches.

Learning Outcomes

Module Content

Cognitive Psychology is concerned with the ways people acquire, retain and use knowledge. In psychological terminology it is the study of perception, memory, learning and thinking. Cognitive Psychology 2 extends the topics covered in the first year and presents the main theories, findings and current issues within this area of enquiry. It builds on the topics covered in the level 1 module to provide a greater depth of understanding. This level 2 module will be based around the following general topics: 

1. Visual Pathways and Perceptual Processes
2. Colour and Lightness Perception
3  Perception of Location, Distance and Size
4. Attention and Performance
5. Memory and Learning
6. Thinking

Methods of Teaching/Learning

Lectures and independent student reading.

Selected Texts/Journals
Baddeley, A.D. (2007). Working memory, thought and action. Oxford University Press.
Berry, D., & Dienes, Z. (1993) Implict Learning: Theoretical and Empirical Issues. Hove: Psychology Press Ltd.
Braisby, N.  & Gellatly, A. (2005) (Eds.) Cognitive Psychology. Oxford University Press.
Coren, S., Ward, L.W. and Enns, J.T. (1999). Sensation and Perception (5th ed). Harcourt Brace.
Eysenck, M.W. and Keane, M. (2005). Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook. Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Farah, M.J. (2000). The Cognitive Neuroscience of Vision. Blackwell Publishers.
Gilhooly, JK. (1996) Thinking: Directed, Undirected Creative. Academic Press Inc.
Groeger, J.A. (1997). Memory and remembering: Everyday memory in context. London: Addison-Wesley-Longman.
Johnson-Laird, P. (2006) How we reason. Oxford University Press.
Sekular, R. and Blake, R. (1994, 2001, 2006). Perception. McGraw-Hill Inc.
Snowden, R., Thompson, P., and Troscianko, T. (2006) Basic Vision. Oxford University Press
Last Updated

Nov 2010