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Faculty of Behavioral Sciences

Paper 1.2: Cognitive Psychology

Unit

Contents

Teaching Hrs.

Domain

I Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Nature of Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive processes

Influences in the study of Cognitive Psychology, Current trends

Paradigms in the study of Cognitive Psychology: Information Processing Approach,Connectivistic Approach, Evolutionary Approach,  Ecological Approach

Cognitive neuroscience: nature, different techniques: CT, MRI, FMRI

 Cognitive Revolution     PET, ERP

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II Attention, Perception, Memory

Perception: Nature, Gestalt Approach, Bottom up and Top down processes, Neuroscientific aspects

Attention: Nature and types, Selective Attention: Filter Theory, Attenuation Theory

Sensory Memory, Short-Term Memory, Capacity, Coding, Retrieval of Information, Working Memory, Executive Functioning

Long term memory-nature, Serial position curve, Coding in long term memory,

types of Long term memory, Encoding and retrieval in Long term memory

Late-Selection Theory, Schema Theory

Retention Duration and Forgetting

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III Higher Cognitive Processes

Language: The Structure of Language-Phonology, Syntax, Semantics, Pragmatics; Language Comprehension and Production; Language and Cognition: Modularity Hypothesis, The Whorfian Hypothesis.

Thinking and Problem Solving: Classic Problems and General Methods of Solution: Generate-and-Test Technique, Means–Ends Analysis, Working Backward, Backtracking, Reasoning by Analogy;

Reasoning: Nature and types, Approaches to the Study of Reasoning: The Componential Approach,

The Rules/Heuristics Approach, The Mental Models Approach,

Decision Making: Nature and Phases, Cognitive illusions: Availability, Anchoring, Sunk Cost Effects, Illusory Correlation, Hindsight Bias, Confirmation Bias, Overconfidence

Blocks to Problem Solving, Creativity, Critical Thinking

Representativeness, Framing Effects in decision making

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Syllabus Books:

  1. Benjafield, J.G. (1992). Cognition (2nd ed). New Jersey: Prentice Hall.
  2. Galotti, K. M. (2013).Cognitive psychology in and out of the laboratory. SAGE.
  3. Goldstein, E. B. (2007). Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research and Everyday Experience.WadsworthCengage Learning
  4. Kellogg, R.T. (2007). Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology. New Delhi: Sage Publications.

 

Reference Books:

  1. Esgate, A. Groome, D. Baker, K. Heathcote, D. Kemp, R. & Maguire, M. (2005). An Introduction to Applied Cognitive Psychology. Corriene Reed Psychology Press.
  2. Moore, J. (2013). Cognitive Psychology as a Radical Behaviorist Views It. The Psychological Record, 63 (3).
  3. Moore, J. (2010). What Do Mental Terms Mean?The Psychological Record, 60 (4).
  4. Barsalou, L. W. (1992). Cognitive Psychology: An Overview for Cognitive Scientists.Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.