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Cog 164 Syllabus

Cog 164 Syllabus - 1 Allegheny College Psychology...

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Allegheny College Psychology Department Psychology 164-01: Cognitive Psychology Classroom: Carnegie 107 Instructor’s Name: Prof. C.Lockridge, PhD E-mail: [email protected] or by appointment Office Phone: 332-3620 Required Texts: Goldstein, E.B. (2007). Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research, and Everyday Experience. (2 nd ed.) . Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. ISBN: 0495095575 Vanhorn, D. (2007). Coglab online manual. Belmont, CA: Thomson Wadsworth. ISBN: 0495090646 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. Accessing CogLab: Coglab is the online site where you will be participating in cognitive experiments as part of the course. 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 access. Course Description: 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 possible. 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 1
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psychology has a wide range of applications in the “real world”, including areas such as computer science, engineering and design, education, public policy, advertising and sales, and our judicial system. Course Goals and Objectives: 1) Students will acquire an understanding of the breadth and depth of the field of Cognitive Psychology. 2) Students will acquire an understanding of the
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