Cognitive Psychology

Unit code: APP3026 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
APP2013 - Psychology 2A
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


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.

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.


For Melbourne campuses

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

Required reading

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

Cognitive psychology
Goldstein, E.B., (2014)| Belmont, CA: Wadsworth
CogLab online version
Francis, G. & Neath, I.,| Belmont, CA: Wadsworth

As part of a course

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