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Unit information: Cognitive Psychology in 2018/19

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Unit name Cognitive Psychology
Unit code PSYC20002
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Professor. Nick Scott-Samuel
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Psychological Science
Faculty Faculty of Life Sciences


This unit develops your knowledge of how humans and other biological systems behave on the basis of information from the environment (perception) and from past experience (memory).

The aims of this unit are to build on Year 1 Cognitive Psychology and the theories of memory and perception (particularly vision) drawing on evidence from behavioural experiments and neuroscience. It is structured around a number of key themes, taking an information-processing view of how photons arriving at the retina are turned into biologically relevant information.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, a student will be able to:

  1. Describe contemporary theories and findings in Cognitive Psychology.
  2. Give examples of methodological approaches used in Cognitive Psychology.
  3. Apply knowledge of Cognitive Psychology to understand human behaviour.
  4. Recognise the conceptual and historical roots of Cognitive Psychology.

Teaching details

Lectures, revision session, and seminars (presenting at one of the seminars).

Assessment Details

One 1600-word essay (20%); one oral presentation (20%) and one 2-hour written exam (60%).

Reading and References

Essential: None


Mather, G. (any edition). Foundations of perception. Hove and New York: Psychology Press.

or any other textbook you feel happy with (a list of possibilities will be provided in the first lecture)

Additional recommended and further reading will also be made available through Blackboard.