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|Offered at:||(B, G, W, X)|
L Xantidis (W), S Sharman (B)
|Prerequisite:||HPS111 and HPS121|
|Incompatible with:||HPS673, HPS773|
|Contact hours:||1 x 2 hour lecture per week, 1 x 2 hour practical per fortnight|
|Note: Online teaching methods require internet access. Please refer to the most current computer specifications.|
This unit presents a broad coverage of theories proposed by psychologists to explain the processes by which humans acquire, store, communicate, and use knowledge or information; the various research methods used by psychologists to study these processes; and some classic experimental findings in cognitive psychology which are the cornerstones of these theories. Topics covered in the unit include pattern recognition, attention, memory, text comprehension, reasoning, decision-making and problem-solving. These topics are treated within an information-processing approach to human cognition.
Examination (2.5 hours) 60%, assignment (1200 words) 30%, activity worksheets 10%
Reisberg, D. (2007). Cognition Exploring the Science of the Mind, 3rd media edition, NY: WW Norton. Shrink-wrapped edition including Zaps workbook and online access.
O'Shea, RP 2002, Writing for Psychology, 4th edn, Thomson Learning, South Melbourne, Vic.
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