Lecture Topics 2B

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Lecture Topics 2B

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

For general learning outcomes of the course, see here.

Lectures take place in David Hume Tower Lecture Hall B on Mondays, Appleton Tower lecture Theatre 4 on Tuesdays and  David Hume Tower Lecture Theatre B on Thursdays, from 11.10am to 12pm.


In addition to learning about specific topics such as social psychology or perception, it is a good idea to develop a more general understanding of how psychology is done and what it may be useful for. Therefore, ten lectures – five in each Psychology 2A and Psychology 2B – are dedicated to a range of topics that cover different approaches to doing science, searching and summarizing psychological research findings, research ethics and science communication.

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.

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).