Lecture Topics 2B

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Lecture Topics 2B

Semester 2 Introductory Lecture 2019: Monday 13th January 2020, 11:10 - 12:00, 50 George Sq, Lecture Theatre G.03.

Below is detailed information on the lecture topics of Psychology 2B.

For general learning outcomes of the course, see here.

Lectures take place in the following locations: 

  • Mondays 11:10am - 12pm, 50 George Sq, Lecture Theatre G.03.
  • Tuesdays 11:10am - 12pm, 50 George Sq, Lecture Theatre G.03.
  • Thursdays 11:10am - 12pm, David Hume Tower Lecture Theatre C.

Please note: The individual lecture dates, times and locations for Psychology 2B have still to be finalised within the different topic areas below. These will be updated later in Semester 1, please contact psyinfo@ed.ac.uk if you have any questions about this. 

Psychology is the study of people by people. These lectures will introduce you to some of the key issues that follow from this, and how they relate to what we study, how we study them, and why we do.

These lectures are about why and how we learn, what happens in our brain when we learn and how understanding the basic principles of learning can shape our behaviour. The lectures will illustrate also how and why we forget, and what happens when we forget too much. Finally, the lectures will touch upon the issue of how imperfect our memories are and what we could do to improve our retention.

Please note that these lectures are not recorded. 

Cognitive Neuroscience is not only one of the most dynamic disciplines of modern science, it has also a considerable media presence and plays an increasing role in current debates about topics as diverse as society, education, politics, law and economics. In this lecture series, we will learn about the history, development and methodology of cognitive neuroscience. We will discuss the main structures of the brain, experience how brain lesions can influence the way people think, speak and behave and examine the opportunities and limits of neuroimaging and other modern research methods.

The  course  is  designed  to  give  an  overview  of  key  issues  in  the psychology  of language,  understood  as  the  study  of  the  human  language  faculty.  It  will  discuss  the  cognitive framework in this area, the behavioural evidence, how language is used, and what can be learned from both impaired and unimpaired language users.

The lectures are accompanied by a 2-hour lab and a 1-hour tutorial.

Everything we feel, think, and do depends on sensations and perception. In this module of the course, we will further explore the field of perception, focusing on visual and auditory perception. We first discuss the processes involved in organizing visual sensations into coherent objects and then assigning meaningful category labels to these objects (lectures 1 and 2). We then talk about the mechanisms of attention that select certain aspects of a scene for further processing while ignoring others (lectures 3 and 4).