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Course Description

Graphic of a human brain with a finger pointing at it

This course is an introduction to cognitive processes, including topics in the areas of attention, memory, language and reasoning. Students will be exposed to and participate in online laboratory demonstrations and experiments.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  1. Describe the theories and methods of study that guide research in cognitive psychology;
  2. Participate in and reflect on cognitive psychology research; and
  3. Appraise how research and theory in cognitive psychology has pragmatic implications beyond the laboratory. This objective is met in exploring the applications of cognitive psychology to the workings of education and the criminal justice system.

Course Topics

  • The science of the mind
  • Visual perception
  • Object recognition
  • Attention
  • Memory: Acquisition and retrieval
  • Memory for complex events
  • Concepts
  • Language
  • Visual imagery
  • Reasoning
  • Problem solving and consciousness

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1 of PSYC*1000, PSYC*1100, PSYC*1200
Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Some restrictions may apply during some time periods.


Assessment Item Weight
Weekly Quizzes (Best 10 of 12) 10%
Midterm 1 20%
Midterm 2 20%
Critical Questions Essay Submission 1 5%
Critical Questions Essay Submission 2 5%
On Campus Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.


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