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Learning, Memory, and Cognition


  • Credit value: 15 credits at Level 7
  • Convenor: Professor Eddy Davelaar
  • Assessment: a 1500-word mid-term essay (50%) and 1500-word final essay (50%)

Module description

In this module we introduce you to research into learning, memory and cognition. We will take a historical perspective and identify theoretical and methodological issues in the field. We start with a history of learning, memory and cognition and then continue on to psychological concepts and research into learning, memory, reasoning, problem-solving and decision-making.

Indicative syllabus

  • Historical perspectives
  • Classical conditioning
  • Operant conditioning
  • Short-term store and working memory
  • Long-term store
  • Theories of forgetting
  • Reasoning
  • Problem-solving
  • Judgement and decision-making
  • Neuroscience of learning, memory and cognition

Learning objectives

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

  • identify the main theoretical approaches to learning, memory and cognition covered in the module
  • specify the main theories and concepts covered in each of the lecture topics and the phenomena on which they are based
  • critically evaluate (with reference to empirical considerations) the main theories covered in each of the lecture topics
  • provide examples of empirical techniques used in research on learning, memory and cognition.