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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

This module introduces research into learning, memory and cognition. It takes a historical perspective and identifies theoretical and methodological issues in the field. The module starts with a history of learning, memory and cognition and then continues on to psychological concepts and research into learning, memory, reasoning, problem solving and decision making.

Indicative module content

  • 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.