PSYC08009 2017 Cognitive Psychology

General Details

Full Title
Cognitive Psychology
Transcript Title
Cognitive Psychology
75 %
Subject Area
PSYC - Psychology Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
08 - NFQ Level 8
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2017 - Full Academic Year 2017-18
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Orla Walsh, John Kane
Programme Membership
SG_HENGL_H08 201700 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology SG_HENGL_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Humanities in Joint Major: English and Psychology

In this module students will acquire a deepened awareness of the cognitive process underpinning behaviour. All of what we know about the world comes as information through our senses. These perceptions are combined with our previous experiences and inform our decisions and behaviour. Cognitive psychology is concerned with how these processes occur. Students will study perception, memory, thinking and language and learn how these faculties influence who we are and what we do in our professional and private lives.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Explore the historical development of cognitive psychology.


Demonstrate an understanding of how our self schemas shape our decisions and behaviours. 


Apply concepts from cognitive psychology to everyday work situations.


Describe the factors that impact on memory.


Explore the concept of top-down/bottom-up processing.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

Lecture and tutorial

Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment will involve the completion of a Portfolio.

Repeat Assessments

As per department guidelines: Based on failed components.

Indicative Syllabus

The historical development of cognitive psychology.

A review of cognitive development throughout the lifespan.

Sensation and perception.

Attention: selective and divided attention.

Memory: learning, remembering and forgetting, and performance.

Technology and memory

Mental Imagery: mental imagery and cognitive maps; mental imagery as a mnemonic device.

Application of what we know from theory and research on attention, memory, and mental imagery to improve academic learning and performance and work-based learning and performance.


Problem Solving and Creativity

Deductive reasoning and decision making.

Application of what we know from theory and research on problem solving and decision making to the workplace.

Impact of stress on internal mental processes, interaction, performance and health.

Developing pro-active/preventative strategies to deal effectively with stress and to minimise the potential negative effects of stress on cognitive functioning, interaction, performance and health.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Portfolio Continuous Assessment Project 100 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Lecture Theatre lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2016-01-01 Cognitive Psychology Cengage Learning

Now in full color to better engage students and facilitate their grasp of the material, COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY, Seventh Edition balances accessible writing, practical applications, and research scholarship while interweaving biology throughout the text. Utilizing the theme that human cognition has evolved over time as a means of adapting to our environment, the authors explore the basics of cognitive psychology by covering cognitive neuroscience, attention and consciousness, perception, memory, knowledge representation, language, problem solving and creativity, decision making and reasoning, cognitive development, and intelligence. In this edition, content on human intelligence is consolidated in a new final chapter. The authors provide the most comprehensive coverage of any cognitive psychology text available, using a ""from lab to life"" approach that aptly discusses theory as well as lab and field research while continually highlighting the applications to everyday life.
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Recommended Reading
2014-06-04 Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research and Everyday Experience Cengage Learning

Connecting the study of cognition to everyday life in an unprecedented way, E. Bruce Goldstein's COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY: CONNECTING MIND, RESEARCH, AND EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE gives equal treatment to both the landmark studies and the cutting-edge research that define this fascinating field. A wealth of concrete examples and illustrations help students understand the theories of cognition-driving home both the scientific importance of the theories and their relevance to students' daily lives. Goldstein's accessible narrative style blends with an art program that makes difficult concepts understandable. Students gain a true understanding of the behind the scenes activity that happens in the mind when humans do such seemingly simple activities as perceive, remember, or think. Goldstein also focuses on the behavioral and physiological approaches to cognition by including physiological materials in every chapter. As is typical of his work, this fourth edition is a major revision that reflects the most current aspects of the field.
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Recommended Reading
2015-03-04 Cognitive Psychology: A Student's Handbook Psychology Press
ISBN 1848724160 ISBN-13 9781848724167

Rigorously researched and accessibly written, Cognitive Psychology: A Students Handbook is widely regarded as the leading undergraduate textbook in the field. The book is clearly organised, and offers comprehensive coverage of all the key areas of cognitive psychology. With a strong focus on considering human cognition in context, the book has been designed to help students develop a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of cognitive psychology, providing them with detailed knowledge of the very latest advances in the field.

New to this edition:

  • Thoroughly revised throughout to include the latest research and developments in the field
  • Extended coverage of cognitive neuroscience
  • Additional content on computational cognitive science
  • New and updated case studies demonstrating real life applications of cognitive psychology
  • Fully updated companion website

Cognitive Psychology: A Students Handbook will be essential reading for all undergraduate students of psychology. Those taking courses in computer science, education, linguistics, physiology, and medicine will also find it an invaluable resource.

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