PSY307 Cognition (8)


This subject provides a grounding in the study and theory of cognitive processes, mainly from an information processing perspective. Topics covered include visual perception, attention, face recognition, memory, imagery, thinking, language, reasoning, problem-solving, and neuro-cognition. Current issues/debates in these areas of cognitive research are also examined. Applications of cognitive psychology are also considered.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 2
InternalBathurst Campus
InternalPort Macquarie
InternalWagga Wagga Campus
DistanceBathurst Campus
Session 3
DistanceBathurst Campus
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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Psychology

Assumed Knowledge

PSY201 and (PSY202 or PSY203 or PSY204 or PSY208)

Enrolment restrictions

Incompatible subject(s)

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the dominant paradigm in cognitive psychology ie. the study of the interactions between environmental information and the human processor of information
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the range and complexity of human mental processes
- be able to use and understand the methodologies of cognitive psychology applied to the study of mental processes
- be able to identify aspects of the material and personal environment which might affect the efficiency of human information processing
- be able to appreciate the many applications of cognitive psychology


The subject will cover the following topics:
- The origins of cognitive psychology - Visual perception and face recognition - Processes involving higher human reasoning, language, problem solving, decision making - Applications of cognitive psychology - Pathologies/disorders resulting from illness and head injury which allow a better understanding of cognitive processes - Future directions including Artificial Intelligence and Consciousness


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.