Cognitive Psychology Lab: Cognitive psychology is a comparatively young and rapidly growing research domain concerned with the representation and use of knowledge in the human brain. In this course (PSY 327) we examine the processes of attention, perception, mental imagery, learning, memory, and decision making with special attention to the methods used to investigate properties of the mind. The course includes a laboratory component where participants actively engage in testing how people acquire, remember, and use knowledge. We examine cognition from a variety of perspectives, including biological and computational models, and we examine the ways our cognitive systems structure or constrain our experience of reality.
Cognitive Psychophysiology Lab: In this course (Psy 361) we examine the processes of perception, attention, learning, memory, emotion, language processing and decision making. Our focus is to examine closely the methods used to investigate cognition, including how the physiology of the body can reflect concurrent cognitive processes. We will study the interaction of the mind and the body using measures such as skin conductance, respiration, and electroencephalography (EEG) (methods that may be familiar to people from studies of lie detection or sleep research). We will also investigate other methods in cognitive neuroscience such as eye-tracking and magnetic resonance imaging. In addition to lectures and discussions, a significant component of the course will include supervised laboratory research work, and each student will conduct an independent research project. Prerequisites: Moderated students or consent of instructor.
PsyCOG is a special option for gaining research experience in cognitive psychology. Psy COG is open to everyone, including first year students and those who are not majoring in psychology, but psychology seniors are not allowed to register for credit. Research training opportunities also exist for students interested in neuroscience (Psy NEU), developmental psychology (Psy DEV), and social psychology (Psy SOC).