PSYC 203 Cognitive Psychology • 5 Cr.


Considers human performance from the psychological standpoint. Topics include conditioning, memory and conceptual processing, language, sensation, and perception. May require participation in demonstrations and projects.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Trace the history of cognitive psychology and its influence on other fields of psychology. 
  • Apply critical thinking skills, methods and principles of cognitive psychology research, and cross-cultural influences on cognitive processes to cases of human behavior. 
  • Apply communication skills using oral and written materials to discuss topics related to human cognition. 
  • Describe the neural bases of mental processes, and the brain research methods utilized in cognitive psychology. 
  • Distinguish the processes of sensation and perception, object recognition, and attention. 
  • Examine the theories and physiological processes of memory encoding, storage and retrieval. 
  • Recognize the practical applications of cognitive psychology of memory, such as eyewitness testimony and the concept of false memories. 
  • Describe the theories related to conceptual processing and language, including the neural basis of language, the structure and principles of human language, and language development. 
  • Apply the principles and applications regarding problem solving, reasoning and decision-making to examples experienced in everyday life.