This unit provides a systematic overview of key areas in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Topics covered in the lectures include attention; memory; visual perception and object recognition; language representation and processing reasoning and decision making; and implicit cognition. Fortnightly laboratory classes involve discussion of research papers and practical demonstrations of key experimental concepts and methodologies employed in cognitive psychology.

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APP2013 - Psychology 2A

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Critically reflect on conceptual issues in cognitive psychology;  
  2. Critique contemporary research literature relating to key areas of cognitive psychology;  
  3. Appraise the kinds of statistical analyses typically used in cognitive psychology research;  
  4. Design and conduct an experimental research project examining cognitive processes; and  
  5. Formulate, interpret and report findings of a research project in a laboratory report conforming to APA formatting conventions.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test In-class test (1 hour) 20%
Report Laboratory report (2000 words) 30%
Journal Journal relating to research papers (600 words) 15%
Examination End of semester examination (2 hours) 35%

Required reading

Additional readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

Cognitive psychology 4th ed.
Goldstein, E.B., (2014)
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth

CogLab online version (latest edition)
Francis, G. & Neath, I.,
Belmont, CA: Wadsworth

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