Psychology 164-01: Cognitive Psychology
Classroom: Carnegie 107
Instructor’s Name: Prof. C.Lockridge, PhD
or by appointment
Office Phone: 332-3620
Goldstein, E.B. (2007).
Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research, and Everyday
. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
Vanhorn, D. (2007).
Coglab online manual.
Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth.
Coglab 2.0 Online registration code, which comes on its own card.
The book store and publisher sell all the aforementioned items as a bundle. This edition of the
text is new, so it is unlikely you will be able to get a used copy.
If you are lucky and find a used
copy of both books, you will still need to purchase a Coglab registration code from the publisher
because they can only be used once.
Coglab is the online site where you will be participating in cognitive experiments as part of the
To get up and running on CogLab you will need two things: 1) a registration number
that is inside a card included with your book bundle, and 2) the instructions contained at the end
of this syllabus.
These instructions include, among other things, an ID and password that are
specific to our class.
Your first assignment for the semester is to register for CogLab online
Cognitive psychology is the science of the basic mechanisms that underlie the human ability to
perceive, understand, and behave.
As such, it is often the science of processes that we are not
aware of and that we take for granted; for example, recognizing a stop sign even when it is
mostly hidden by snow; remembering a phone number for the few minutes it takes to make a call
but then forgetting it; being capable (or incapable) of carrying on a phone conversation while
driving; and keeping track of which friend we told what piece of gossip to.
Cognitive psychologists are interested in the mental structures and processes that make
sensation, perception, attention, memory, language, problem-solving, and decision-making
Because these basic processes are involved at some level in all human behavior,
cognitive psychology contributes fundamental knowledge to every area of modern day
psychology and the larger approach of cognitive science.
In addition, research in cognitive