Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
Seoul, South Korea
Area of Study
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units4
Hours & Credits
The purpose of this lecture course is to introduce you to human cognition: Our ways of coming to know about the world and about each other. This course will concentrate on the foundations of cognitive psychology, as well as on classic and up-to-date topics including: pattern recognition, knowledge representation, attention, memory, language, problem solving, reasoning, decision-making, and consciousness. Additionally, the course will cover chapters on the biological foundations of cognitive development, and on the breakdown of cognitive processes. The goals of this course are to introduce students to the workings of the mind, that is, how the mind processes sensations and perceptions, how the mind categorizes information, how creativity complements thinking and problem solving, the nature of consciousness, etc. At the end of the semester, students will have gained insight on how research in cognitive psychology is conducted, on how normal brain functioning works, and on how abnormal brain functioning affects daily tasks. As theoretical ideas are discussed during lecture, some experimental evidence related to them will be surveyed and analyzed in the laboratory sections of the course.
1. Becoming knowledgeable about the major concepts and debates in cognitive psychology, including those in the particular subject areas of object recognition, attention, knowledge representations, and reasoning.
2. Understanding how the brain’s structure and activity relates to cognitive processes and how they are affected by brain injuries and abnormalities.
3. Becoming familiar with the basic scientific, empirical methods and some of the prominent experimental paradigms that have been used to investigate cognitive and perceptual capacities and phenomena.
Gaining first-hand experience with the process of scientific investigation, from the development of theory and hypothesis, through the implementation and running of an empirical experiment.
Because this course will cover a large amount of material, it is crucial to keep up with the material. You should expect a minimum of 10 hours a week reading the text and reviewing lecture notes. If for some legitimate reason you are unable to attend class, you are advised to make arrangements with another student to acquire and review the lecture notes. Course-related materials – including .ppt slides and additional readings -- will be made available.
Lecture Exams and Grading:
There will be 2 midterms and a final exam. The midterms will not be cumulative. The dates of the midterm are tentative. Each of the two midterms will be worth 30% of your grade. The final exam will be cumulative and will make up 40% of your grade. You must be present for all exams, for their scheduled times. In real emergency situations you may be able to take a make-up. However, to be excused from taking a test on schedule, you must arrange the time and location of the makeup test with me before the time normally scheduled for the test. Each exam will consist of multiple choice and/or short-answer questions, largely based on lecture discussions. You final grade will be determined by your standing on the exams. Make sure to pay attention to your grade and come and see either the lecturer or the TA during office hours if you are concerned with your progress in the course.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.