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PSY 200: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Spring 2013
MWF 1:30 pm-2:20 pm
Smith Hall, Room 108

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Professor: Greg Francis. My office is PSYCH 3186. You can contact me by email at gfrancis@purdue.edu or call 494-6934 to reach my office phone. My office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10:00 - 11:00 am. Please contact me if you cannot visit during office hours to schedule an alternative time to meet.

Text: There is no textbook. Material for exams will be taken from the lectures. If you want to use a textbook, you can use any cognition text from other (present and past) sections of this course, or you can purchase a textbook online. Class notes will be available on the web (see below). The notes are reduced in size so that six slides fit on a single page. You can either download individual lectures (below) or you can download the entire set of lectures notes in a single file (44 MB). There are also optional readings in the schedule below. These readings may help if you are unsure about something or what to explore a topic further.

Lectures: BoilerCast recordings of the lectures will be available as a vodocast. From the BoilerCast page in iTunes follow the link for Health and Human Sciences, scroll down to Psychological Sciences, and then follow the link for PSY 200 - Francis. Look for the Spring 2013 tab. The lectures are in reverse order. It sometimes takes a few days for the Vodcast to be uploaded. Do not be tricked into believing that you can get the full benefit of the lecture from the BoilerCast recordings. Moreover, the system does not always properly capture the lecture, and sometimes the audio is poor.

Class home page: The home page for this course is http://www.psych.purdue.edu/~gfrancis/Classes/PSY200/index.html From this page you can download lecture notes, view the class schedule, view current grades, and connect to the various homework laboratory assignments.

Class format : The class style is mostly lecture. However, there will be some in-class demonstrations (see Class participation below). Questions are always welcome. In addition, there will be a number of Internet laboratories where the student will explore aspects of cognition.

Examinations: There will be four section exams and one final exam. The section exams will be in-class and the final exam will be given during the final exam period (do not plan to leave campus early, this course's final exam is sometimes scheduled for the last day of exam week). Each section exam and the final is worth 16% of your grade. The final will cover all topics of the course. Exams will include a mix of multiple choice and short answer questions. Extensive study guides are available as links in the class schedule below.

Class participation: Sometimes, I will require assistants during the lecture. I will go through the class list and pick names at random. If you are not present when your name is called, you will lose class participation credit. On some days the entire class will participate. Class participation will make up 10% of your final grade. The number of checks varies, but it is often around 6-8 for each student in the class. This means that missing a single check can drop your final class grade by more than 1 percentage point.

Take-home labs: We will use the CogLab programs to augment our discussions of some classic experiments in cognitive psychology. You will be given lab assignments throughout the semester. These labs are run through the Internet and can be carried out at any computer lab on campus or at a home computer. Your overall lab grade will make up 10% of your final grade. All the labs are organized on the Cognitive Psychology Online Laboratory (CogLab) web page at http://coglab.wadsworth.com. In the schedule below, individual labs are associated with different dates. You must complete the lab by 10:00 am on the date indicated to get credit. You will receive log-in information in class.

Make-up exams: Make-up exams will not be permitted unless you notify Dr. Francis at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled exam date. Missed exams will receive a grade of 0.

Teaching Assistants:

NameOffice EmailOffice hours
Jihyun KimPSYCH 3194 kim510@purdue.edu Monday and Wednesday 2:30 pm -4:00 pm
Mindi CogdillPSYCH 3143 mcogdill@purdue.edu Tuesday and Thursday 12:30 - 1:30 pm and Friday, 2:30-3:30 pm

Schedule: In the following table, clicking on a No. link will download a copy of the lecture notes for that class. The class lectures are in the portable document format (pdf). You can view them with a pdf viewer such as Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is probably already installed on university computers and is available for free at http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/readstep.html.

The links in the laboratory column will take you to the CogLab web site.

The links to the optional readings provide some additional background or related information. You do not need to read this material, but if you are interested in the topic, it is a place to start further exploration.

No.Date Topic Laboratory Optional Readings
01January 7 Introduction
02 January 9 Brain Brain asymmetry The Brain from Top to Bottom
03 January 11 Brain scans
04 January 14 Mind reading Brainports
05 January 16 Neurons and neurotransmitters The Mind Project
06 January 18 Receptive fields Blind Spot Brain Connection
-- January 21 Martin Luther King Day (No class)
07 January 23 Neural networks Receptive fields Network simulator
08 January 25 Neural learning Neural Networks
09 January 28 Visual perception The Joy of Visual Perception
SG1 January 30 Review for exam
-- February 1 SECTION EXAM 1
10 February 4 Visual dynamics Apparent motion The Joy of Visual Perception - Motion Perception
11 February 6 Face perception Beauty Check
12 February 8 Attention Wikipedia Page
13 February 11 Attention Attentional blink, Visual search Visual Salience
14 February 13 Sensory memory Partial report
15 February 15 Two-store model Brown-Peterson, Serial position Wikipedia Page, Dewey (2007)
16 February 18 Working memory Sternberg search Wikipedia Page
17 February 20 Working memory Memory span
SG2 February 22 Review for exam
-- February 25 SECTION EXAM 2
18 February 27 Encoding specificity
19 March 1 Memory discrimination False memories
20 March 4 Constructive memory Loftus (2003)
21 March 6 Amnesia Wikipedia entry on HM
22 March 8 Improving memory
-- March 11-15 Spring Break (No class)
23 March 18 Mental representation Prototypes
24 March 20 Mental imagery Mental rotation Scholarpedia Page
25 March 22 Consciousness The Brain from Top to Bottom: Consciousness, Searle and the Chinese Room Argument,
SG3 March 25 Review for exam
-- March 27 SECTION EXAM 3
26 March 29 Language instinct
27 April 1 Phrase trees MiniLing
28 April 3 Words Word superiority Proto Indo European Language
29 April 5 Parsing Lexical decision
30 April 8 Speech Wikipedia Page on Consonants
31 April 10 Language development Categorical Perception - Identification
32 April 12 Language and brain The Brain from Top to Bottom: Language-Procesing Areas, Deciphering the Chatter of Monkeys
SG4 April 15 Review for exam
-- April 17 SECTION EXAM 4
33 April 19 Decision making
34 April 22 Problem solving
35 April 24 Current topics
SGF April 26 Review for final exam