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.


This semester, the first week of doing Psychology focuses on qualitative methods in Psychology, focussing on the collection and analysis of interview data. The second week (week 6) provides a historical perspective of the objects of psychological study and in what ways these have changed over time.  

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Analysing interview data 


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.

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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.

This section of the course will build on the material covered in the Developmental section of Psychology 1. In particular, we will explore in more depth the age-related changes throughout human childhood and adolescence, and how these changes are related to atypical development and psychopathology. Key issues to be addressed include:

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).