PSYC208-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019


15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2019
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 26 July 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 27 September 2019


This is an introductory course in cognitive psychology: the science of how the mind and brain are organised to produce intelligent human thought processes. Topics include visual cognition, attention, memory, problem solving and expertise, reasoning and decision making, and language comprehension.

What has more computing power than a billion PCs, is readily portable, and weighs less than 1.5 kg?  How does this magnificent machine comprehend language and make inferences, such as for example that the previous sentence refers to the human brain?  What is known about how the brain stores information from scenes and our environs, our past experiences, and general world knowledge so that the right information is conveniently available just when you need it, except in a test or exam?  What is attention and why does it appear to be so selective?  Do we ever process information unconsciously?  What is known about our methods for solving problems?  In our everyday thinking and decision-making does the brain lead us to follow logical rules and the rational procedures that economists assume or has evolution provided us with other modes of thought more suited to the uncertainties of our social and physical worlds?  How do people become skilled and expert?  Clever experiments coupled with brain imaging technologies are enhancing knowledge of human cognition and its underlying brain processes.  Virtually every domain in psychology draws upon findings and concepts generated in cognitive psychology.  You will find this course fundamental preparation for your later studies in social, industrial-organisational, abnormal, biological, clinical, forensic, and developmental psychology.  Every student who is considering postgraduate study in psychology would be wise to include the study of human cognition in his or her undergraduate programme.


PSYC104, or
PSYC105 and PSYC106, or
with the approval of the Head of Department, a pass in a professional year of Engineering, or
in approved courses in Computer Science, Linguistics, or

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Ewald Neumann


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Exam 40%
Laboratory Exercises 15%
Research Report 25%
Test 20%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Anderson, J.R; Cognitive Psychology and Its Implications ; 8th Ed; Macmillan, 2014.

Recommended Reading

O'Shea, R., & McKenzie, W; Writing for Psychology ; 6th Ed; Cengage, 2013.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $850.00

International fee $4,000.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing .

All PSYC208 Occurrences

  • PSYC208-19S2 (C) Semester Two 2019