Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Cognitive psychology B

HUM-316

Lecturer(s) :

Dimitrova Nevena
Mohr Christine

Language:

English

Remarque

Cognitive Psychology in the "Nature - Nurture" Debate

Summary

Are our cognitive functions (e.g. perception, language) due to nature or nurture? While extreme positions are today less prevalent, the debate is ongoing. We will discuss empirical findings supporting either position, inviting students to critically assess and integrate various positions.

Content

This course will extend (but not depend) on a course in year BA3, in which basic knowledge on cognitive psychology was introduced (HUM-213). We will introduce (or remind) students of the basic fields in cognitive psychology and how the nature (biological innateness) vs nurture (social experience) debate has evolved in theoretical viewpoints throughout history. We suggest to treat relevant cognitive domains such as intelligence, learning and memory, language, emotion, temperament. We will present concepts and empirical, mostly experimental, studies that support either perspective in order to compare these viewpoints, discuss, integrate, and synthesize conflicting findings.

Keywords

cognition, nature, nurture, development, methods, history, theory, intelligence, learning, memory, language, emotion, temperament

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

HUM - 213: Psychologie cognitive A, but not necessary

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Course of up to 70-80 minutes

Followed by a discussion period in which the lecturers are present to support students

- in their preparation of the oral presentation

- in their preparation of the course summary

- in their literature search

Expected student activities

-Present and discuss your analysis of the contradicting literature

-Write summaries (max. 1 page each) of presentations given by your peers.

-Contribute constructively to the discussion and outcome of the other presenters.

Assessment methods

- Evaluation of the oral presentation

- Evaluation of summaries on oral presentations.

Supervision

Office hours No
Assistants Yes
Forum No
Others Students can ask questions and obtain further information before and after lecture times. In case of particular questions, additional office time can be arranged.

Resources

Bibliography

to be provided in the course.

Notes/Handbook

to be provided on the lecture slides being made available on moodle.

Videos

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11     
11-12     
12-13     
13-14 INM203   
14-15    
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Autumn semester
  • Winter sessions
  • Spring semester
  • Summer sessions
  • Lecture in French
  • Lecture in English
  • Lecture in German