Cognitive psychology: an introduction ADED11818E

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

Cognitive Psychology looks to explain our internal mental processes, addressing key questions such as: how do we form memories?; Why do we experience visual illusions?; How do we learn language?; and how do we make decisions? We will explore key topics within cognitive psychology to develop an understanding of how human cognition develops and works, and how we can research human cognition.


Block 3

2 hours pw for 10 weeks

Tuesday, 19.00-21.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology ADED1839E




One lab report of up to 1500 words (50%)

One self-recorded audio-presentation (not shared publicly) linked to the lab report - approximately 5 minutes (25%)

Online class test (25%)

Course Aims

The aims of this course are to:

■ Provide students with a basic understanding of how psychologists study human cognition

■ Introduce students to the most significant concepts and findings of Cognitive Psychology

■ Build student confidence in applying psychological knowledge.

■ Develop students understanding of experimental research through hands-on experience

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Describe and evaluate key theories and methodologies within the field of Cognitive Psychology

■ Communicate psychological findings orally and in written form

■ Apply theoretical accounts of psychological concepts to every-day life.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.