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Cursus: 201300010
Cognition and Development
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Studiepunten (ECTS)15
Contactpersoonprof.dr. M.L. Noordzij
VorigeVolgende 5
dr. S. Borsci
dr. A.Z. Bosch
dr. H. Geerlings
dr. A.H. Gijlers
dr. H.H. Leemkuil
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Three courses of learning are integrated into the Cognition and Development module. The learning objectives of the courses of learning are:
Students are familiar with the most important theories and concepts of Cognitive Psychology, Biopsychology, Neuropsychology and Developmental Psychology (related to cognition and the brain). Students are able to:     
  • name the most important parts of the anatomy and the functions of the nervous system relevant to psychology.             
  • name the research methodologies of Cognitive Psychology.             
  • name the modules (theories and functions) of the cognitive information-processing model.             
  • describe the ontogenetic development (development during the life cycle) of the most important cognitive functions and anatomical structures.
Research Methods
Students are familiar with a number of concepts of inferential statistics. They are familiar with a number of widely applied statistical tests. They know the situations in which the techniques learned are applicable. In addition, they are able to apply the techniques with SPSS. Students are able to:
  • apply regression and ANOVA techniques (manually and with SPSS) and explain the relationship between these two techniques.
Design & Research
Students are familiar with the rules of scientific reporting on a cognitive scientific experiment. In addition, they are familiar with the fundamental concepts and methodologies of user-centred design. Students are able to:
  • describe in a report, and explain verbally, how they developed a low fidelity (or simple/non-interactive) design, in which they support their choices with a simple heuristic evaluation, a usability test and cognitive psychological theory.
  • write the introduction, methodology, results and discussion section of a cognitive psychological experiment and explain this verbally.
In this module, students focus on the characteristics and the development of human cognitive functions and the nervous system. Students practise developing and evaluating interventions and/or designs for an applied issue and methodologies relevant to Human Factors & Engineering Psychology and Instructional Psychology. Students also participate in classic cognitive psychological experiments and expand their knowledge and skills further in respect of inferential statistics.
The Cognition & Development module encompasses three courses of learning:       
a. Theory: The Brain, Cognition & Development      
b. Research Methods: Regression & Analysis of Variance     
c. Design & Research: reporting of scientific cognitive experiments and user-centred design.

Students acquire detailed knowledge of the information processing model that is central to Cognitive Psychology. This modular perspective of human cognition is based on an interplay of theories and controlled lab experiments, which have, in recent decades, become more focused on the description of cognitive functions in relation to the supporting neural correlates. The cognitive modules discussed are: perception, attention, memory (both working memory and long-term memory) and executive control.
In addition, students learn about the higher cognitive functions related to decision-making and the development and understanding of language.
The relationship between emotion and cognition is also examined. There is a clear link between behaviour and the body/brain, not just in Cognitive Psychology, but in other sub-fields of psychology too.
In module 3, students receive a thorough introduction to Biopsychology and Neuropsychology. Students learn about the anatomy of the nervous system, the process of neurotransmission and chararacteristics of human perception and motor systems.
The nature and function of sleep and the Circadian Rhythm is also explained. Throughout the entire course of learning, there is specific emphasis on ontogenetic development (development during the life cycle) of the cognitive functions and biological structures discussed.  

Research Methods
In module 3, students build on their knowledge of inferential statistics. Two analytical techniques are central: regression and ANOVA. The new elements that are discussed are: single and multiple regression, single factor variance analysis (and the Kruskall-Wallis H test), covariance analysis, and double factor variance analysis.
In all these techniques, the focus is also on confidence intervals. The interrelationship between the techniques is discussed.
These techniques are illustrated with research examples and students also examine the choice of techniques for a specific research question, applying the techniques with SPSS and illustrating the output.  

Design & Research
Students complete the project in the Design & Research course of learning. In the module 3 project, students practise conducting and reporting on controlled experiments for the first time. Students apply the statistical (descriptive and/or inferential) techniques and theories they learned in module 3 and the previous modules to carry out the evaluation. In any event, they apply univariate regression and ANOVA.
In addition, students continue developing design skills and they learn about activities such as requirement specification and low-fidelity prototypes.  

In the Theory course of learning, students learn a great deal about the experiments used to examine cognitive functions. While working on the project, students also conduct such experiments with the aid of ZAP’s classic psychology experiments (as implemented in Students can apply the evaluative statistics they dealt with in module 3 (regression analysis and AN(C)OVA) to analyse this data. In addition, students work on a user-centred redesign of ZAP’s experiments.
Verplicht materiaal
Reader Intervention Design and Evaluation in Psychology
Module 3 boek : Brain and Cognition, op maat gemaakt door Pearson voor module 3 van de psychologie opleiding in Twente, verkrijgbaar via Dimensie.
Child Development (international edition), Ninth Edition, Laura E. Berk, Pearson, ISBN 02050197663
Introduction to the practice of statistics, Moore, McCabe, Craig, Eighth edition isbn-13: 978-1-4641-5893-3.
Field, Andy (2013). Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics. 4th edition. ISBN-13: 9781446249185
American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. ISBN 978-1-4338-0561-5
Aanbevolen materiaal






Zelfstudie geen begeleiding

Hersenen, cognitie & ontwikkeling

Schriftelijke deeltoetsen

Regressie- & variantieanalyse

Schriftelijke deeltoetsen en SPSS opdrachten

Ontwerp & evaluatie

Project verslag en projecttoets

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