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PSY 200: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Fall 2015
MWF 2:30 pm-3:20 pm
Smith Hall, Room 108


NameOffice EmailPhoneOffice hours
Greg FrancisPSYCH 3186gfrancis@purdue.edu494-6934 MWF 10-11 am
Please contact me (email is best) 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 (51 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 vodcast. 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 Fall 2015 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 quite poor. Your best option is to attend the lecture itself and use the Vodcast as a way to refresh selected topics.

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. This course does not use Blackboard.

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 17% of your class 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. You might also find it useful to look at old exams from Spring 2012. However, the course was structured a bit differently, some topics have changed (both added and removed), and the exams for this semester will involve entirely new questions with more short-answer questions and fewer multiple choice.

CogLab: CogLab is an Internet site that allows students to participate in classic experiments related to 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 15% of your final grade. All the labs are on the Cognitive Psychology Online Laboratory (CogLab) web page at http://coglab.cengage.com. In the schedule below, individual labs are associated with different dates. You must complete the lab by 8:00 am on the date indicated to get credit. You will receive log-in instructions 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
To be determined

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
01August 24 Introduction
02 August 26 Brain Brain asymmetry The Brain from Top to Bottom, Visual contralateral processing
03 August 28 Brain scans
04 August 31 Mind reading Brainports
05 September 2 Neurons and neurotransmitters The Mind Project
06 September 4 Receptive fields Blind Spot Brain Connection
-- September 7 Labor Day (No class)
07 September 9 Neural networks Network simulator
08 September 11 Neural learning Neural Networks
SG1 September 14 Review for exam
-- September 16 SECTION EXAM 1
09 September 18 Visual perception The Joy of Visual Perception
10 September 21 Dynamic vision Apparent motion, Metacontrast masking The Joy of Visual Perception - Motion Perception
11 September 23 Attention Wikipedia Page
12 September 25 Attention Attentional blink, Visual search Visual Salience
13 September 28 Sensory memory Partial report
14 September 30 Two-store model Brown-Peterson, Serial position Wikipedia Page, Dewey (2007)
15 October 2 Working memory Sternberg search Wikipedia Page
16 October 5 Working memory Memory span, Phonological similarity
SG2 October 7 Review for exam
-- October 9 SECTION EXAM 2
-- October 12 Fall Break (No class)
17 October 14 Encoding specificity
18 October 16 Memory discrimination False memories
19 October 19 Constructive memory Loftus (2003)
20 October 21 Amnesia Wikipedia entry on HM
21 October 23 Improving memory 1 Levels of processing
22 October 26 Improving memory 2 Link word
23 October 28 Mental representation Prototypes
24 October 30 Mental imagery Mental rotation Scholarpedia Page
SG3 November 2 Review for exam
-- November 4 SECTION EXAM 3
25 November 6 Language instinct African American Vernacular English
26 November 9 Phrase trees MiniLing
27 November 11 Words Word superiority Proto Indo European Language
28 November 13 Parsing Lexical decision
29 November 16 Speech Categorical Perception - Discrimination Wikipedia Page on Consonants
30 November 18 Language development Age of Acquisition
31 November 20 Language and brain The Brain from Top to Bottom: Language-Procesing Areas, Deciphering the Chatter of Monkeys
32 November 23 Consciousness The Brain from Top to Bottom: Consciousness, Searle and the Chinese Room Argument,
-- November 25-27 Thanksgiving Break (No class)
SG4 November 30 Review for exam
-- December 2 SECTION EXAM 4
33 December 4 Decision making
34 December 7 Problem solving
35 December 9 Current topics
SGF December 11 Review for final exam