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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 want to explore a topic further.

Lectures: BoilerCast recordings of the lectures will be available as a vodcast. As they become available, the “vodcast” links in the schedule below will become links to the recordings. 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 then, 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 questions.

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 Assistant:

NameOffice EmailOffice hours
Liz WiemersPSYCH 3198ewiemers@purdue.edu Tues/Thurs 1:30-3:00 pm


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.

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