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Cognitive Processes I
Understand how the human brain works when taking in visuals, sounds, memory and language. Discover the cognitive processes of selecting and sorting. Investigate how brain processes vary in dyslexia and memory impairment.
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of research findings and theories about foundational aspects of cognitive processes
- Acquire skills in critical evaluation of research on cognition
- Acquire an understanding of the limits of human cognition
- 1. Introduction and research methods in cognition
- 2. Attention
- 3. Working memory
- 4. Visual attention
- 5. Episodic memory
- 6. Semantic memory
- 7. Concepts and categorise
- 9. Word recognition and reading
- 10. Language production
- 11. Thinking and reasoning
- 12. Cognitive neuropsychology
You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:
- MAQ-PSYX246-Cognitive Processes I (No longer available)
You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:one of
- MAQ-PSYX1104-Introduction to Psychology I
- MAQ-PSYX104-Introduction to Psychology I (No longer available)
- MAQ-PSYX1105-Introduction to Psychology II
- MAQ-PSYX105-Introduction to Psychology II (No longer available)
NCCW (pre-2020 units) PSYX246, PSY246, PSY237 Pre-requisite (PSYX104 and PSYX105) or (PSYC104 and PSYC105) or (PSYU1104 and PSYU1105)
- Other requirements -
Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.
This subject introduces introduces major topics of cognition including mechanisms of visual and auditory attention, varieties of short and long term memory, language processes such as reading and written word recognition, and storage and retrieval of knowledge of concepts and reasoning. We cannot attend to everything that impinges on the senses so we select and attend only to part of the available input. Selected information must be encoded, used, stored and retrieved. Although the main focus of the unit is on normal adult cognition, we will also examine disorders of cognition including acquired dyslexias and various forms of memory impairments. You will learn to approach research findings critically, and in the practical classes you will gain hands-on experience of classic cognitive phenomena.
- Qualitative analysis task (15%)
- Mid-session test (M/C question online test) (20%)
- Research participation (throughout the semester) (5%)
- Invigilated examination (60%)