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Unformatted text preview: Cognitive Psychology EXP 3604 Ira Fischler • Welcome to the course • CP in the curriculum • Web resources – www.psych.ufl.edu/~fischler • Course structure and requirements • CP in science and society • Scope and nature of CP Cognitive Psychology A COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGIST’S VIEW OF THE ACADEMIC WORLD social psychology neuropsychology developmental psychology anthropology neuroscience education humanities and arts philosophy computer science sports & music evolutionary psychology WHAT IS COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY? • BY FORMAL DEFINITION – the study of human mental processes and their role in perception, attention, memory, thinking and decision-making (Goldstein) • BY TOPIC – attention and information processing – memory: representation and dynamics – Language and concepts – thinking and problem solving • BY ISSUES – does “subliminal learning” work? – What is the matter in dyslexia? – Do you use the cell phone and drive? – are “recovered memories” reliable? – What is insight? Intuition? Creativity? – Should you get a smallpox vaccination? – Can we increase IQ by training? GOALS OF COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY • PERFORMANCE – how accurate? ..fast? ..much? • PROCESS – models of the stages and codes involved in a cognitive task • PRINCIPLES – what is the “functional organization of the mind?” to describe human cognition in terms of COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY Course Goals • THE COGNITIVE APPROACH – how to think about cognition like a cognitive psychologist • THE METHODS OF THAT APPROACH – understanding the interplay between theoretical and experimental tools • THE NATURE AND LIMITS OF COGNITION – how we do those things we do (e.g., perceive, attend, recall, think…) • TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR ENHANCING COGNITION...
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