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PSY 200: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

Spring 2016
MWF 8:30 am-9:20 am
Lilly Hall of Life Sciences, Room 1105

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NameOffice EmailPhoneOffice hours
Greg FrancisPSYCH 3186gfrancis@purdue.edu494-6934 MWF 2-3 pm
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/indexS16.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 6:00 am on the date indicated to get credit (better to do it the night before). 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
Amber HunnewellPeirce Hall, Room 264ahunnewe@purdue.edu Monday and Wednesday 10:30-11:30 am, Thursday 12-1 pm
Jeongho (Johnny) HanMatthews Hall, Room 326han202@purdue.edu Tuesday 1-2 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
01vodcast(there seems to be no sound)January 11 Introduction
02vodcast January 13 Brain Brain asymmetry The Brain from Top to Bottom, Visual contralateral processing
03 vodcast January 15 Brain scans
-- -- January 18 Martin Luther King Day (No class)
04 vodcast January 20 Mind reading Video of tongue display unit
05 vodcast January 22 Neurons and neurotransmitters The Mind Project
06 vodcast January 25 Receptive fields Blind Spot Receptive field tutorial
07 vodcast January 27 Neural networks Network simulator
08 vodcast January 29 Neural learning Neural Networks
SG1 -- February 1 Review for exam
-- -- February 3 SECTION EXAM 1
09 pre-recorded vodcast February 5 Visual perception The Joy of Visual Perception
10 vodcast February 8 Dynamic vision Apparent motion The Joy of Visual Perception - Motion Perception
11 vodcast February 10 Attention Wikipedia Page
12 vodcast February 12 Attention Attentional blink, Visual search Visual Salience
13 vodcast February 15 Sensory memory Partial report
14 vodcast February 17 Two-store model Brown-Peterson, Serial position Wikipedia Page, Dewey (2007)
15 vodcast February 19 Working memory Sternberg search Wikipedia Page
16 vodcast February 22 Working memory Memory span, Phonological similarity
SG2 -- February 24 Review for exam
-- -- February 26 SECTION EXAM 2
17 vodcast February 29 Encoding specificity
18 vodcast March 2 Memory discrimination False memories
19 vodcast March 4 Constructive memory Loftus (2003)
20 vodcast March 7 Amnesia Wikipedia entry on HM
21 vodcast March 9 Improving memory 1 Levels of processing
22 vodcast March 11 Improving memory 2 Link word
-- -- March 14-18 Spring Break (No class)
23 vodcast March 21 Mental representation Prototypes
24 vodcast March 23 Mental imagery Mental rotation Wikipedia Page
SG3 vodcast March 25 Review for exam
-- -- March 28 SECTION EXAM 3
25 vodcast March 30 Language instinct African American Vernacular English
26 vodcast April 1 Phrase trees MiniLing
27 vodcast April 4 Words Word superiority Proto Indo European Language
28 vodcast April 6 Parsing Lexical decision
29 vodcast April 8 Speech Categorical Perception - Discrimination Wikipedia Page on Consonants
30 vodcast April 11 Language development Age of Acquisition
31 vodcast April 13 Language and brain The Brain from Top to Bottom: Language-Procesing Areas, Deciphering the Chatter of Monkeys
32 vodcast April 15 Consciousness The Brain from Top to Bottom: Consciousness, Searle and the Chinese Room Argument,
SG4 -- April 18 Review for exam
-- -- April 20 SECTION EXAM 4
33 vodcast April 22 Decision making
34 vodcast April 25 Problem solving
35 -- April 27 Current topics
SGF -- April 29 Review for final exam