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Psychology 330

Spring 2004

Dr. Frank Hassebrock

Department of Psychology
Denison University

BLACKBOARD: For Students Enrolled in Psyc 330

Course Description

This course will present an introduction to several theoretical and research areas of Cognitive Psychology. We will examine how people acquire, remember, and use knowledge. Topics include memory, attention, perception, mental imagery, reading comprehension, problem solving, cognitive skills, decision making, social cognition, the the role of cognition in contexts such as athletic performance, law, mass media, medicine, art, theater, education, and politics.

Besides the textbook (Matlin, 2003), a set of readings (research articles) will be assigned during the semester. All of the required readings are available from electronic journals (some can be accessed from this webpage- see below; alternatvely, all of the readings can be accessed from Blackboard). Please see the syllabus for the complete list of reading assignments and dates.

Web Resources for Cognitive Psychology

I have listed several web links for each of the major cognitive psychology topics we will cover this semester. The purpose of this webpage is to supplement the course through the provision of www links that students can explore, investigate, and analyze. These links vary greatly in the type of information presented. Some sites provide information of direct relevance to specific cognitive concepts and research that we will cover in class; other sites represent applications of cognitive psychology to other academic areas and "real world" uses (e.g., advertising, sports, medicine, art, literature, and education).

  • "The Revolution": Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science
      General Resources
    • Cognitve Sciece (Topics and Tutorials)
    • Cognitive Psychology List of Topics
    • "Top 100" Cognitive Psychology Research Studies/Papers
    • Center for Cognitive Science at University of Minnesota (Your professor's graduate program)
    • Examples of Research Projects in Cognitive Science (Georgia Tech)
    • Cognitive Science topics from Yahoo search engine
    • Cognitive Psychology Index (Topics, Organizations, Programs)
    • Cognitive Psychology Links (Includes a list of graduate programs)
    • Cognitive Science Topics (PsychWeb)
    • Cognitive Science Society (Various resources including a "Virtual Colloquium Series)
    • Cognitive Psychology Dictionary
    • Theories, Concepts, and Domains of Learning and Cognition
    • Cognitive and Psychological Sciences (A Mega-list of topics and resources!)
    • Cognitive Psychology Tutor (Tutorials on skill acquisition, problem solving, working memory, spatial information processing, and language)

      Cognitive Neuroscience and Artificial Intelligence

    • Whole Brain Atlas
    • Neuroimaging Techniques, Examples, Research, and Resources (Click "Imaging" on the Menu)
    • Brain Images
    • Neural Networks
    • Artificial Neural Networks (Tutorials)
    • Artificial Intelligence links
    • Noetica: A Cognitive Science Forum

      Cognitive Psychology and the Arts/Humanities

    • Cognitve Science, Humanities, and the Arts
    • Cognitive Cultural Studies (CogWeb)
    • Cognitive Science and the Arts
    • Literature, Cognition, and the Brain
  • Perception
  • Attention
  • Memory
  • Mental Imagery
  • Knowledge, Comprehension, Experience, and Memory
  • Problem Solving
  • Cognitive Skills
  • Decision Making




For questions or feedback, contact: Frank Hassebrock

Persistence and self-control are valuable traits that can help kids succeed in school and beyond. A new study suggests infants can learn stick-to-itiveness by watching adults persist in a difficult task.

People across the globe all see millions of distinct colors. But the terms we use to describe them vary across cultures. New cognitive science research suggests it's about what we want to communicate.

Feel like something will be easy to remember? Your prediction may be influenced by how clearly the information was presented in the first place.

Practice may not make perfect, suggests new study.

Quirks of human psychology can pose problems for science communicators trying to cover controversial topics. Recognizing what cognitive science knows about how we deal with new information could help.

Humans have limited ability to understand complexity, but there are serious dangers if we oversimplify things too much.

Thinking isn't just about grey matter. It can develop from counting your pinkies too.

Is there weight to claims that reading can make you a better person – or are they just tall tales?

Nearly everyone can't tickle themselves and it's all to do with how our brains see and perceive movement.

Google's image recognition project has not only generated some disturbing images but also tells us something about how we humans identify objects we see.

Our natural difficulties in thinking about the future, low probabilities and considering risk make many of our views about nuclear power problematic.

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The Conversation organised a public question-and-answer session on Reddit in which Barbara Sahakian, professor of Clinical Neuropsychology at Cambridge University, discussed subjects from depression to…

Yawning acts to cool the brain, according to a new study. Researchers recorded yawning habits of people in Vienna, Austria…

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