- Historical Context
- The rationalistic tradition.
- Scientific decision making.
- The behaviourist tradition.
- The cognitive revolution.
- Biological Processes
- Neural networks
- Rhythms and cycles
- Perceptual Processes
- Sensory memories.
- Pattern recognition in humans and machines.
- Memory Processes
- Models of memory.
- Short term memory.
- Arousal and memory.
- Practical implications
- Characteristics of images.
- Imagery and memory.
- Cognitive maps.
- Graphical computer interfaces.
- Understanding language.
- Computers and language representation.
- Producing language.
- Remembering language.
- Language translation.
- Concepts and Categories
- Methods of researching.
- Factors affecting concept formation.
- Testing hypotheses.
- Natural categories.
- Statistical methods of categorization.
- Problem Solving
- Problem representation.
- Strategies and heuristic.
- Ill-defined problems.
- Computational explorations of creative processors.
- Linear series problems.
- Propositional reasoning.
- First order predicate logic.
- Decision Making
- Social judgement and bias.
- Mathematical modeling judges policy.
- Individual Differences
- In memory processes.
- In language usage.
- In concept formation and problem solving.
- In cognitive styles.
- Thinking as measurable ability.
- Artificial Intelligence
- Expert systems.
- Decision support systems.
- Social Cognition
- Group problem solving.
- Consensual social reality.
- Game playing and simulation.
The course will employ a variety of instructional methods to accomplish its objectives, including some of the following:
- audio-visual materials
- small group discussion
- research projects
- computer based cognitive simulation exercises
- mediated electronic forums/discussion groups
- internet-based individual and small group assignments
The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department policies. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. The specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.
An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:
|5 homework assignments||10%|
|Small group assignments||10%|
|Class discussion quality||10%|
|Term project paper||20%|
At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:
- List the major historical figures in the history of cognitive psychology and describe their contribution.
- Define cognition and describe the various types of cognition included in the definition.
- Describe the major contemporary theoretical approaches in cognitive psychology.
- Describe concept formation and attainment and the role of perceptual and memory processes.
- Explain the similarities and differences between individual and group problem solving.
- Describe the similarities and differences between human reasoning and artificial intelligence reasoning.
- Describe the dynamics of decision making processes and boundaries of "rational decision making".
- Describe the role of language and imagery in cognition.
- Describe the role of individual differences in cognitive style and cognitive ability.
- Run simple simulations of cognitive processes on a microcomputer using packaged software.
- Locate and use internet resources in cognitive psychology.
Textbooks and Materials to be Purchased by Students:
Textbook(s) such as the following, the list to be updated periodically:
- Goldstein, E. B. (2019) Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research, and Everyday Experience (5th ed.). Stamford, CT : Cengage Learning
Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
|Institution||Transfer Details||Effective Dates|
|Capilano University (CAPU)||CAPU PSYC 230 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU)||KPU PSYC 2385 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Langara College (LANG)||LANG PSYC 2341 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Simon Fraser University (SFU)||SFU PSYC 221 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU PSYC 2210 (3)||2010/09/01 to -|
|Thompson Rivers University (TRU)||TRU PSYC 221 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2010/08/31|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU PSYC 2XX (3)||2015/09/01 to -|
|Trinity Western University (TWU)||TWU PSYC 3XX (3)||2004/09/01 to 2015/08/31|
|University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO)||UBCO PSYO 2nd (3)||2005/05/01 to -|
|University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV)||UBCV PSYC 2nd (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC PSYC 330 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2019/08/31|
|University of Northern BC (UNBC)||UNBC PSYC 332 (3)||2019/09/01 to -|
|University of the Fraser Valley (UFV)||UFV PSYC 221 (3)||2004/09/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||DOUG PSYC 2315 (3) & DOUG PSYC 2360 (3) = UVIC PSYC 251 (1.5) & UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5)||2018/05/01 to -|
|University of Victoria (UVIC)||UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5)||2004/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU PSYC 2nd (3)||2011/09/01 to -|
|Vancouver Island University (VIU)||VIU PSYC 319 (3)||2004/09/01 to 2011/08/31|