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PSY2040 Human Information Processing

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology, Counselling and Community


Pre-requisite: PSY1020 and (PSY2100 or STA2300)


The course starts with an introduction to human information processing, and a revision of sensation and perception (initially covered in Foundation Psychology B). The course builds upon this material by examining perceptual processes in a functional manner. The perception topics mainly involve vision, with minor mentions of the other senses, and include iconic memory, masking, optical illusions and signal detection theory, with a strong emphasis on experimental research and evidence. Following the introductory information, theories of perception; attention and attentional theories are discussed (all the above topics are examined in a mid-semester CMA test). The course then turns to an examination of human memory with an applied focus, covering topics such as short/long term memory, eyewitness testimony, false memory, and ageing, and includes the most prevalent and current theories of how memory can be best understood, along with evidence for and against such theories. Following memory, the final part of the course centres around reasoning (and reasoning errors) and finishes with the influence of emotion on cognition (all examined in the end of semester exam). In addition, the course allows students to build and demonstrate skills in the analysis of simple datasets, graphing of results and the writing of APA-style Results and Discussion sections (assessed in Assignments 1 and 2).

Course offers

Semester Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2014 External
Semester 2, 2014 On-campus Springfield
Semester 2, 2014 On-campus Toowoomba