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PSY 322 : Learning and Memory

Course Description

This course will focus on exploring historical, traditional, and contemporary literature on learning and memory, as well as the biological basis of learning and memory. Areas of theory covered will include: classical/respondent conditioning, instrumental/operant conditioning, and social learning theory, with attention to clinical, counseling, and educational applications. (3 credits)

Prerequisites

  • 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:

  1. Evaluate and discuss basic facts and research findings, historic influences, terminology, principles, and theories essential to understanding the psychology of learning and memory.
  2. Analyze and discuss a basic understanding of the processes involved in the neurobiology of learning, attention and working memory.
  3. Compare and contrast behaviorist theories of conditioning and learning, including classical conditioning, and operant conditioning, and an understanding of the social learning theory.
  4. Compare and contrast cultural and gender differences in human behavior.
  5. Analyze and discuss current issues and controversies in the psychology of learning and memory.
  6. Analyze and discuss ways to apply psychological findings to everyday life, including school, work, relationships, and clinical settings.

General Education Outcomes (GEOs)

Please check the applicable GEOs for this course, if any, by outcomes at GEO Category Search, or by subject area at GEO Discipline Search.

Course Activities and Grading

Assignments

Weight

Discussions (100 pts, Weeks 1-15)

30%

Quizzes (100 Pts, (100 Pts, Weeks: 2, 4, 6, 7, 9,11 & 12) [Note: lowest score is dropped, only the top 6/7 scores will be counted. Quizzes are on Chapters: 2,4,6,7,9,11 & 12]

20%

Critical Reflection Essays (100 Pts, Weeks: 1, 3, 5, 9,11,13)

20%

Midterm Exam (100 Pts, due Week 7)

10%

Learning Philosophy Statement (100 Pts, due Week 13)

10%

Final Exam (100 Pts, due Week 15)

10%

Total

100%

Required Textbooks

Available through https://bookstore.mbsdirect.net/vbm/vb_home.php?FVCUSNO=35478
  • Gluck, M.A. (2016). Learning and Memory: From Brain to Behavior (3rd edition). Worth Publishers. ISBN: 9781319036652 [Looseleaf version]

 

Course Schedule

Week

SLOs

Readings and Exercises

Assignments

1

1,2,3

The Psychology of Learning and Memory

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 1
  • Read the assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Complete the Critical Reflection
  • Participate in the Discussions

2

1,2

The Neuroscience of Learning and Memory

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 2
  • Read the assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Take the Chapter 2 Quiz

3

1,2

Habituation, Sensitization, and Familiarization: Learning about Repeated Events

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 3
  • Read the assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Complete the Critical Reflection
  • Participate in the Discussions

4

1,3

Classical Conditioning: Learning to Predict Significant Events

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 4
  • Read assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Take Chapter 4 Quiz

5

1,3

Operant Conditioning: Learning the Outcome of Behaviors

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 5
  • Read the assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Complete the Critical Reflection
  • Participate in the Discussions

6

1,4,5

Generalization, Discrimination Learning and Concept Formation

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 6
  • Read assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Take Chapter 6 Quiz

7

1-6

Midterm Exam
  • Readings:
    • Review Chapters 1-6

    • Midterm Exam on Chapters 1-6

  • Review assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete the Midterm exam

8

5,6

Episodic and Semantic Memory: Memory for Facts and Events

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 7
  • Read assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Take the Chapter 7 Quiz

9

5,6

Skill Memory: Learning by Doing

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 8
  • Read the assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Complete the Critical Reflection
  • Participate in the Discussions

10

5,6

Working Memory and Cognitive Control

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 9
  • Read assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Begin drafting the Learning Philosophy Statement
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Take Chapter 9 Quiz

11

3,5,6

Emotional Influences on Learning and Memory

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 10
  • Read the assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Complete the Critical Reflection
  • Participate in the Discussions

12

3,4,6

Social Learning and Memory: Observing, Interacting, and Reenacting

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 11
  • Read assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Take the Chapter 11 Quiz

13

1,4,6

Development and Aging: Learning and Memory across the Lifespan

  • Readings:
    • Chapter 12
  • Read the assigned chapter
  • View the Lecture materials and Videos
  • Submit the Learning Philosophy Statement
  • Participate in the Discussions

14

1-6

Final Exam Review
  • Readings:
    • Review chapters 7-12
  • Review assigned chapters
  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Take the Chapter 12 Quiz

15

1-6

Final Exam
  • Readings:
    • Final Exam on Chapters: 7-12

  • Participate in the Discussions
  • Complete end of course evaluation (COSC will email you the link)
  • Complete the Final exam

COSC Accessibility Statement

Charter Oak State College encourages students with disabilities, including non-visible disabilities such as chronic diseases, learning disabilities, head injury, attention deficit/hyperactive disorder, or psychiatric disabilities, to discuss appropriate accommodations with the Office of Accessibility Services at OAS@charteroak.edu.

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