Not available in 2019/20
PB201      Half Unit
Cognitive Psychology

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

To be confirmed. 


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science. This course is not available as an outside option nor to General Course students.


Students should have taken Foundations of Psychological Science (PB101) or Foundations of Behavioural Science (PB100).

Course content

This course will offer an intermediate-level account of core theories, debates and phenomena in Cognitive Psychology. It will cover essential aspects of cognitive psychology, ranging from phenomena concerned with ‘low level’ cognition such as attention and perception, through to ‘high level’ cognition such as reasoning and decision making and consciousness, and will interweave areas that span such levels such as knowledge representation, concepts and language processing. It will also relate these areas to core aspects of behavioural science, such as levels of processing, the influence of context, and the roles of heuristics and biases in information processing.  The course will also seek to assess the application of these theories and concepts to relevant real world examples and policy issues via the class discussions.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT.

Formative coursework

During the course, students will complete three kinds of formative assessment:

  1. 1 mini essay (1000 words)
  2. 1 individual oral presentation to the class
  3. 1 quiz including multiple choice questions and short written answer questions

Indicative reading

  • Eysenck, M. & Keane, M. (2015). Cognitive Psychology: A Student’s Handbook.7th edition. Hove: Psychology Press.
  • Gazzaniga, M. S., Ivry, R. B., Mangun, G. R. (2014). Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind. 4th edition. W.W. Norton
  • Gluck, M. A., Mercado, E. & Myers, C. E.  (2016). Learning and Memory. 3rd edition. Worth: New York.
  • Goldstein, E. B. (2013). Sensation and Perception. Wadsworth, 9th edition.
  • Harley, T. A. (2014). The psychology of language: From data to theory. 4th edition. Hove: Psychology Press.
  • Kahneman, D. T. (2013). Thinking, Fast and Slow. Penguin.
  • Manktelow, K. I. (2012). Thinking and Reasoning. Hove: Psychology Press.
  • Snowden, R. Thompson, P. & Troscianko, T. (2012). Basic Vision. 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Yang, C. 2006. The infinite gift: How children learn and unlearn the languages of the world. New York: Scribner.

Students will be expected to read essential readings plus additional reading from the primary literature for each class. These readings will be provided in the course outline.


Essay (80%, 3000 words) in the ST.
Quiz (20%) in the LT.

20% of the overall mark will be in the form of a multiple choice quiz taken during the course.

Students following the BSc in Psychological and Behavioural Science will be expected to submit one ‘Integration Essay’ in their second year. The integration essay will be submitted as the assessed essay for ONE of PB200, PB201, PB202, PB204 and PB205.  The integration essay will discuss a topic investigated in one course and use its approach to integrate and debate approaches from two other courses taken in Year 2. For example, if you choose to submit your integration essay in Cognitive Psychology (this course) you will use a topic from this course as the basis for debating the treatment of that topic by theories from two of Biological Psychology (PB200), Developmental Psychology (PB202), Social Psychology Groups and Inter-group relations (PB204) and Individual Differences and Why They Matter (PB205).

Key facts

Department: Psychological and Behavioural Science

Total students 2018/19: Unavailable

Average class size 2018/19: Unavailable

Capped 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills