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PSYC 203 Cognitive Psychology • 5 Cr.


Considers human performance from the psychological standpoint. Topics include conditioning, memory and conceptual processing, language, sensation, and perception. May require participation in demonstrations and projects.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define learning and distinguish learning from reflexes and fixed-action patterns.
  • Identify the components of classical and operant conditioning.
  • Identify the influences and practical applications of operant and classical conditioning toward behavior change.
  • Distinguish between association principles and cognitive principles of learning and discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of each.
  • Describe the information-processing model of learning and memory.
  • Explain the organization of long term memory from a biological and information-processing model.
  • Discuss the concept and implications of constructive and reconstructive memory.
  • Describe the physiological processes in storage of memories.
  • Identify the components of language system and identify prevailing theories related to language development.
  • Discuss the principles and applications regarding problem solving, reasoning and decision making.
  • Compare and contrast the research methods of cognitive and association theorists.



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