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University of York

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

by University of York

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

University of York

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How do you think? In this in-depth and practical course, students gain an overview of the field of cognitive psychology, which studies how humans reason and process information.

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Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

by University of York

Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

University of York

Overview

How does the mind work? How does it process information? Cognitive psychology seeks to shed light on these questions. A helpful analogy here is hardware and software in computing. A neuroscientist might study the mind's 'hardware' – the structure and biology of the brain for example. A cognitive psychologist however studies the mind's software: the patterns, routines, and processes that, when enacted by the hardware, allow our minds to perform tasks.

Educator Philip Quinlan is an experimental cognitive psychologist whose research has been featured in many universities across the United Kingdom.

In Introduction to Cognitive Psychology, Quinlan provide a beginner's guide to the fascinating field of cognitive psychology. The course covers areas such as how our minds approach logic, experimental design, and how we use visualization as part of memory.

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"The mind being like a black box ...The box is sealed and cannot be opened. The challenge for cognitive psychologists is to try to work out what is going on inside the box."

Dr. Rob Jenkins, Cognitive Psychologist, University of York

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Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

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