Psychology 3450:
Human Cognition
FALL 2007
Human Cognition
Description. This is a course on cognition. Research and theory will be emphasized. However, there are also many practical uses of the research, including remembering materials from course lectures and readings. Thus, I will use many techniques to help you remember the material in the class. One of those will involve quizzes almost every day, a technique that has been shown to substantially increase memory for the material, as long as there is appropriate feedback of the correct answer (Roediger, & Karpicke, 2003). Another long-standing technique is learning by doing, which is one reason why the CogLab demonstrations are required (Dewey, 1938). In addition, they give you an opportunity to remember classic experiments in a different form than in the reading or in lecture. Finally, distributed rehearsal is one of the best ways of remembering material for a long period of time (as opposed to cramming). The quizzes and multiple assignments will help you keep rehearsing the materials throughout the semester (with the added advantage that you will never get behind and will not have to study all night for a test).
Instructor: Aimee M. Surprenant; SN 3072; 737-4786;
Office Hours: TTH 9-10:20 a.m. and by appointment
When: TTh 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Where: C 4002
Recommended Text: Reisberg, D. (2002). Cognition: Exploring the science of the mind (3rd Ed.). New York: W. W. Norton & Company.