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Get introduced to the basic concepts of cognitive psychology including topics such as perception, attention, memory, language, and problem solving. Apply research experiments to understand human mental processes and their role in thinking, feeling and behaving.


Study the internal mental processes of the human brain. This includes the things that go on inside the human brain, including perception, thinking, memory, attention, language, problem-solving and learning. Students will define cognitive psychology and learn the anatomy of the brain. Through applied research methods, students will learn about visual consciousness, pattern recognition and modularity. Students will focus on filter theories, capacity theories, automatic processes, central bottleneck and visual attention. By the end of the course, students will know the difference between sensory memory and working memory and the general model of problem solving.

What You Will Learn


Students in High School: Cognitive Psychology will:

  • Be introduced to basic concepts of cognitive psychology
  • Learn and apply the knowledge of perception, attention, memory language and problem-solving
  • Apply research experiments to understanding human mental processes and their role in thinking, feeling and behaving
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Note: Upon successful enrollment of a section, students will receive a confirmation email from our Student Services team. This email will include a link to an authorization form that is required to be completed within 72-hours of enrollment.

Course Number: PSYC-90010
Credit: 1.50 unit(s)