Psychology of Language

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Psychology of Language

In this module you will learn about how psychologists study language. How do we learn and use language, what are the fundamental features of language, and what can studying language tell us about the strucutre of the human mind, and the processes that underpin thinking?

Lecture no 25
Introduction to language
The nature of language and how it is studied. (Martin Pickering)
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
16/03/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture no 26
Comprehension
Processing and understanding language. (Holly Branigan)
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
18/03/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture no 27
Speaking 1
The problem of speaking, fluency and speech errors, the 'tip-of-the-tongue' state, and anomia. (Holly Branigan)
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
20/03/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture no 28
Speaking 2
Models of speaking; testing these models; the nature of dialogue. (Martin Pickering)
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
23/03/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture no 29
Concepts and categorisation
Hierarchies of concepts, prototypes, concept combination. (Martin Pickering)
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
25/03/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Lecture no 30
Language and thought
How are they related; colour categories across cultures. (Martin Pickering)
David Hume Tower, Lecture Theatre A
27/03/2020 - 11:10am to 12:00pm
Learning Outcomes: 

By the end of this section, students should be able to:
- appreciate why psychologists are interested in the nature of language and how it is used
- understand how people speak and why they sometimes experience difficulty with it
- assess theories of how people categorise the world
- understand theories of the relationship between language and thought
 

References: 

Schacter et al, Psychology (2012). Chapter 7.