PSYC 315H: Cognitive Psychology


Class Number 68574



Machmer Hall W-24


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Professor: David Huber

Office Hours:

Thurs. 10-11

Tobin 425




*E-mail should be used ONLY for emergencies (e.g. illness) or for arranging appointments. The instructor cannot answer questions on course material by email. Instead, these questions should be brought to office hours or discussed in class.


Course Description (3 credits):

Cognitive psychology is the scientific study of fundamental mental processes such as perception, attention, memory, knowledge, language, problem solving, reasoning, and decision-making. In short, cognitive psychology takes an engineering approach to understand the mind. Course requirements include textbook and article readings, midterm exams, in-class presentations, an in-class writing exercise, and a research proposal paper. Class participation is essential as the course is heavily designed around interaction.


*** Expectations for final paper and power point presentations ***


Course Requirements and Policies


Schedule of Classes


ZAPS and Ebook


Class Links by Chapter


1.     History/Methods


2.     Cognitive Neuroscience

a.     counting neurons

b.    Capgras Syndrome

c.     split brain patients

d.    mind reading


3.    Visual Perception

a.     Perception is an Interpretation

b.    Center surround and shading

c.     After effects (and other illusions)

d.    Ames room

e.     Hubel and Wiesel

f.      Patch-light walking

g.    Other patch-light movies


4.    Object Identification

a.     Jumbled letters

b.    Interactive-Activation Model

c.     Margaret Thatcher Illusion

d.    Pareidolia

e.     FFA activation for imaginary faces

f.      Looking for canonical face pattern

g.    Prosopagnosia


5.    Attention

a.     Selective Looking

b.    Movie Editing Mistakes

c.     Real-life Changes

d.    Flicker Paradigm

e.     Gradual Change

f.      Unilateral Neglect


6.    Working Memory

a.     object tracking

b.    IAT scores

c.     Zip code man


7.    Long-Term Memory

a.     signal detection theory

b.    context reinstatement and the cognitive interview

c.     illusory truth effect

d.    Clive Wearing

e.     Henry Molaison (H.M.)

f.      patient S.M.


8.    Autobiographical Memory

a.     Hyperthymesia

b.    Reminiscence Bump

c.     Sequential Lineups

d.    Recovered Memories

e.     Implanting Crime Memory

f.      Erasing Traumatic Memories


9.    Knowledge

a.     a comparison of rule, prototype, and exemplar models

b.    ACT-R homepage

c.     App for Interactive-Activation demo (look under code)



a.     bee dance

b.    Kanzi

c.     feral children

d.    continuous speech

e.     McGurk effect

f.      sound-flash illusion

g.    phonemic restoration effect

h.    syntactic ambiguity

i.      eye movements

j.      Broca's aphasia

k.    Wernicke's aphasia



a.     learned map


12.Decision Making