This course will focus on an overview of classic and current theory concerning the processing of information by the human mind. Emphasis is placed on the study of higher mental processes such as perception, learning, problem solving, categorization, decision-making, and language. (3 credits)
- ENG 101: English Composition 1
- ENG 102: English Composition 2
- PSY 101: Psychology (Recommended)
Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Analyze how historical ideas evolved into modern cognitive theory.
- Apply current theories of cognitive processes to specific scenarios, addressing memory, perception, knowledge representation, decision-making, reasoning, problem solving, and language.
- Evaluate cognitive theories, using empirical research studies to identify their strengths and weaknesses.
- Identify the limitations of our knowledge of cognitive processes and be familiar with the major issues being debated by researchers in the field.
- Research and compile information into a single cohesive document, in accordance with standards established by the American Psychological Association (APA).
- Interpret research findings, citing strengths, weaknesses, and possible solutions.
General Education Outcomes (GEOs)
Course Activities and Grading
Mid term Paper (Week 4)
|Final Paper (Week 7)|
Available through Charter Oak State College's online bookstore
- McBride, Dawn. (2019). Cognitive Psychology. 2nd ed. Sage Publications, Inc. ISBN-10: 1-5063-8386-6 or ISBN-13: 978-1-5063-8386-6
- APA resource guide - https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/560/01/
Readings and Exercises
Introduction to Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
|Perception and Attention|
|Memory Structures and Processes|
Long-Term Memory: Influences on Retrieval and Memory Errors
|Imagery and Language|
|Concepts and Knowledge|
|Reasoning and Decision Making|
COSC Accessibility Statement
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