PSYC 340

COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY

Lawrence University

WINTER TERM 2007

 
REQUIRED TEXTS (For sale at Conkey's Bookstore)

 

Francis, G., Neath, I., Mackewn, A., & Goldthwaite, D. (2004). CogLab™: Cognitive Psychology Online Laboratory.  Belmont, CA: Wadsworth.  http://coglab.wadsworth.com  This must purchased new at the bookstore.

Galotti, K. M. (2004).  Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory. 3rd Ed.  Belmont, CA:  Wadsworth.

O'Brien, T. (1994).  In the Lake of the Woods.  New York: Penguin Books.


REQUIRED READINGS (on electronic reserve in the library)



LAB READINGS (also on electronic reserve in the library)

Reading sets for each lab are provided for your information and further reading.  They are listed in the lab manual.  Reading sets 5, 6, 7 and 8 give citations that should be included as primary source references in your lab write-up.  All these articles are on electronic reserve on the library webpage.  In addition, an example lab (Rew-Gottfried, 1986) and an introductory chapter on research design and statistics (Gottfried, 1987) are provided.


COURSE REQUIREMENTS

 

Requirement

Percent
Points

MIDTERM EXAM: ONE Midterm Exam will be given during a lab session (Jan. 30).Questions will be short answer, identification, and short essay.  Study questions for this exam will be provided about a week before the test.  The exam will include only material covered in the study questions.

25%

125

FINAL EXAM: A cumulative Final Exam will be given during finals week (March 14).  Format will be the same as for midterm.

30%

150

BJØRKLUNDEN:  A weekend at Bjørklunden is planned for February 23-25, 2007.  We will be discussing In the Lake of the Woods and viewing several films related to memory, language, and human rationality.  If you are unable to attend, let me know, and we can arrange an alternative assignment.

2%

10

LABORATORY:  Attendance and participation in the laboratory meetings are required.  The schedule of laboratory meetings and the requirements for laboratory reports, final project proposal, final project written and oral reports is in a separate manual and will be discussed further at the first lab meeting on Tuesday, January 9, 9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 2:30 p.m.

43%

 

Laboratory assignments: Some of the experiments for lab sessions will be conducted before lab using the CogLab web-based experiments.  You must perform these labs by 4:00 p.m. on the day before the lab session for which it is assigned (i.e., Monday).  These assignments are marked in bold on the syllabus.  Other labs will be done using stopwatches, paper, and pencil on the day of the lab.  You will be writing up different sections of a lab report for one of the labs from the lab sessions scheduled: 

Lab 1 or 2:  Abstract

Lab 3 or 4:  Results

Lab 5 or 6: Discussion (answer specific questions)

Lab 7 or 8: Discussion (answer specific questions)

These assignments are explained in the lab notebook.

16%

 

 

 

 

 



15

15

25

25

Additional CogLab assignments: You are also required to do some additional demonstration experiments outside of class (using a PC with web connection; Microsoft Explorer works better as a browser for doing these labs).  These five experiments take between 5-20 minutes and will provide class data on the experiments discussed in lectures.  You must perform these labs by 4:00 p.m. on the day before the day it will be discussed in class (the date indicated on the syllabus).  These assignments are marked in bold with * on the syllabus).

2%

10

Final project written report: As part of the laboratory component of the course, you will design, conduct, and report the results of an independent research project in cognitive psychology.  You are encouraged to work in groups of two or three on the project research.  The final written report will be written as an experimental report, using the standard American Psychological Association (APA) format.  More information is given in the lab notebook.

20%

100

Final project oral report: In addition to a written report, your research will be reported orally in the final lab session of the term.  This oral presentation will follow the conventions of research reports given at professional psychology meetings.  More information is given in the lab notebook.

5%

25


Please note:  For Labs 1 or 2, only one of the lab assignments is to be written up for a grade.  Likewise, for Labs 3 or 4 , 5 or 6, and 7 or 8.   Take exams and turn in reports at the times indicated unless there is a medical or other comparable emergency. Unexcused lateness will result in 2 percentage points taken off for each day late.


IMPORTANT DATES:                 

Lab 1 OR Lab 2 due—Jan. 15, 4:00 p.m.
Lab 3 OR Lab 4 due—Jan. 22, 4:00 p.m.
Initial project proposal due—Jan. 23, in lab
Revised project proposal due—Jan. 26, 4:00 p.m.
Midterm Exam—Jan. 30, 9:00-11:00 a.m., 12:30-2:30 p.m., OR 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Lab 5 OR Lab 6 due—Feb. 12, 4:00 p.m.
Lab 7 OR Lab 8 due—Feb. 19, 4:00 p.m.
BjŅrklunden weekend—Feb. 23-25
Oral presentation of final project—Mar. 6, in labs
Written report of final project due—Mar. 9, 4:00 p.m.
Final Exam—Mar. 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m.


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Revised:  02-Jan-07