Professional Certificate in Cognitive Psychology

Arium School of Arts & Sciences

Course introduction

This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the psychological study of factors that influence human thought. Research methodology and theory are emphasized throughout the discussion of topics including attention, pattern recognition, memory, language, reasoning, and problem solving. Students are expected to perform an experiment and write a research paper on selected topics. Writing assignments reflecting critical thinking are required. 

Course Benefits

  • Understand and describe the events that led to the ‘cognitive revolution’. Students will be exposed to the idea of distributed processing that specifies many different areas in the brain process functions. It further explores the interaction between perceiving and taking action and focus on how attention is controlled by different types of attentional networks.
  • Define what is the mind and understand the evolution of cognitive psychology.
  • Explore what are neurons and its basic principles together with neural networks.
  • Understands how information for human perception and action works.
  • Analyze the different types of attention as information processing
  • Identity what are memory and its processes involved. A link between the ability to remember the past and to imagine the future will be discussed in-depth. Five memory principles that are applied to studying will elaborate in detail. Students will be introduced to autobiographical memory and knowledge that can cause memory errors.
  • Analyze the modal model of memory.
  • Discussion on the comparison of short-term memory and long-term memory.
  • Explore LTM with regards to encoding, retrieval and consolidation
  • Identify the factors such as everyday memory and memory errors.
  • Students will learn to comprehend the definitional approach to categorization and the idea behind the prototypical approach. Further exploration is done using mental scanning experiments and parallels between perception and imagery. Language as a system of communication and the technique of brainstorming to increase creativity will be illustrated. The approach to decision making using inductive reasoning will be highlighted and explored.
  • Discussion on basic properties of concepts and categories.
  • Exploration on imagery and perception of the brain mechanisms.
  • Gaining insight understanding on language
  • Analyze problem solving and creativity using Gestalt approach.
  • Identify the factors behind judgment, decisions and reasoning.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Perception
  • Attention
  • Short-term and Working Memory
  • Long-term Memory
  • LTM: Encoding, Retrieval and Consolidation
  • Everyday Memory and Memory Errors
  • Conceptual Knowledge
  • Visual Imagery
  • Language
  • Problem Solving & Creativity
  • Judgment, Decisions, and Reasoning

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Trainer Profile

Our Lecturers

All our lecturers are selected based on their subject expertise, experience and dedication. They are required to possess at least a Masters in their subject expertise. With their years of work experience, they will also be able to illustrate topics in class with real world examples. We are committed to provide a high standard of service by promoting an environment conductive to student learning through a low student-teacher ratio of 30:1. Currently, we have 50 adjunct lecturers. A brief profile of some of our lecturers is given below.

Details of our lecturers can be found on our website.