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Introduction to Cognition


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 4
  • Convenor: Dr Raffaele Tucciarelli
  • Assessment: a one-hour test (30%) and one-hour examination (70%)

Module description

In this module we provide you with a grounding in key elements of cognitive psychology, and introduce you to the study of problem-solving and decision-making.

Indicative syllabus

  • History of cognition
  • Sensation
  • Perception
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Reasoning
  • Problem-solving
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Action

Learning objectives

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • provide an overview of the key topics in cognitive psychology
  • outline methods of research relevant to the key topics on this course, highlighting their strengths and limitations
  • provide critiques to main psychological theories relevant to each of the topics studied
  • offer valid examples of the ways in which these theories might inform our understanding of phenomena in the ‘real’ world, and be of use in supporting our learning
  • use knowledge obtained in the module to explain cognitive phenomena
  • give an accurate account of your academic strengths and priorities for development.