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.
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 component, there is specific emphasis on ontogenetic development (development during the life cycle) of the cognitive functions and biological structures discussed.
This study unit is part of the module Cognition and Development (202000330). A module is offered as one educational unity and students take it as such.