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San José State University Department of Psychology Psychology 135, Cognition, Section 1, Summer 2010 Instructor: Mark Van Selst Office Location: DMH 314 Telephone: 408 924 5674 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Class Days/Time: Monday through Thursday 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Classroom: Clark 229 Prerequisites: PSYC 1 (General Psychology) Class ID Number: 30075 Faculty Web Page and MYSJSU Messaging Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my faculty web page at http://www.sjsu.edu/people/mark.vanselst (you can find this through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page or the Faculty and Staff page from the psychology department home page). You are responsible for regularly checking with the messaging system through MySJSU and whichever email address you have set up within your MySJSU preferences for email communication. I use this feature of MySJSU extensively. Course Description The activity of knowing: acquisition, organization and use of knowledge. Processes involved in that activity, including perception, memory, thinking, and language. Required Textbook Kellogg, R.T. (2007). Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology . Sage. ISBN 978-1-4129- 3692-7. PSYC 135 (Van Selst), Cognition, Summer 2010 Page 1 of 13
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Library Liaison The library liaison for Psychology is Bernd Becker. He can be reached at (408) 808-2348 or [email protected] Classroom Protocol All students are expected to display professionalism and respect for others. This explicitly includes arriving on time, participating in class, engaging in civil dialog, and paying attention to classroom activities. Please turn off your cell phones and refrain from activities that disrupt the class. If you have to arrive late, seat yourself quietly and near the door. If you have to leave early, be sure to let me know in advance and sit by the door. Course Overview This course is an introduction to the scientific analysis of how people think. The course will touch upon the history and current progress of our understanding of human cognition. The basic requirement is for students to develop a firm grasp on some of the basic research findings and the theories that have been proposed to account for these findings. As benefits the level of this course, the lectures will cover a broad range of topics, some of which will expand into areas outside of the core content covered in the textbook. The course is primarily lecture-based, as facilitated by class discussion and your independent work on the assignments. The best way to learn the material will vary across different people. Nevertheless, as we will discover, active information processing leads to better memory (Kellogg, p.133), as does tying the material to real-world examples (Kellogg, p.191). In addition, distributed learning is more effective than “cramming” (the technical term is ‘massed practice’). I suggest that you supplement your class notes and the on-line notes by building your own
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