Rissman_Psych120A_Syllabus_Fall2013

Extensive research on learning has shown that

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Unformatted text preview: lowest quiz scores for the quarter. Extensive research on learning has shown that students consistently perform better on a final test if they take practice tests on a lesson (such as these mini-quizzes), as compared with simply restudying the lesson materials; this phenomenon is known as the “testing effect” (Roediger & Karpicke, 2006). Exams: The exams on the first half and second half of the course will each consist exclusively of multiplechoice questions. Each exam will place an emphasis on the material from that half of the course and will cover content from both the lectures and the assigned readings. An attempt will be made to design exam questions that test your knowledge of general concepts and definitions, underlying principles, and important experimental methods and results. You should study and read for comprehension as opposed to brute memorization. There will be NO make-up exams. With such a large class, there can be NO exceptions to this no-make-up rule. If you miss either exam, you must contact the professor, and you may receive an incomplete. Term Paper: The only writing assignment for this course will be short paper (1,200 word limit), to be turned in at the beginning of class on November 21st via turnitin.com. I have chosen several interesting and timely topics that are relevant to the field of cognitive psychology. Your assignment is to choose one of these topics and read the two papers on that topic that I have selected and posted on the course website. In your paper, please 1) briefly describe (in your own words!) the key ideas presented in each article, 2) relate these ideas to the materials we covered in class, 3) compare and contrast the perspectives of the two articles, highlighting any controversial issues, and 4) give your reasoned opinion on the matter. A grading rubric will be posted to provide you with more guidance. Late papers will be pe...
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This note was uploaded on 12/06/2013 for the course PSYCHOLOGY 120A taught by Professor Reismann during the Fall '13 term at UCLA.

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