Cognitive Psychology


This lecture will provide students with an introduction to the field of cognitive psychology. Cognitive psychology is a subfield of the science of psychology that focuses on mental processes such as attention, language use, memory, perception, problem solving, creativity, and thinking. This lecture will give you a broad overview of the major theories and concepts and corresponding findings within cognitive psychology.

Specific Contents

  • Introduction to cognitive psychology
  • Perception, i. e. sensory systems and psychophysics
  • Perceptual organization
  • Attention, i. e. selective attention, divided attention, visual attention
  • Memory, i. e. models, functions, and mechanisms
  • Learning
  • Emotion and motivation
  • Reasoning and problem solving
  • Cognitive development

Learning Goals

Learning objectives for this course include acquiring a deep understanding of core concepts of human cognition, and appreciating the scientific process whereby real -world issues are investigated through controlled laboratory experimentation. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge in selected content areas, describe the main findings in the primary areas of scientific research within cognitive psychology, and compare and contrast the theories associated within the primary areas of scientific research in cognitive psychology, e.g., models of memory, attention.

Academic Assessment

Written exam with a duration of 60 minutes or oral exam with a duration of 20 minutes.