Cognitive Psychology: Understanding

MA SEMESTER-I Psychology CBCS revised Syllabus 2019-20 (SPPU)



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Unit-1: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

1.1. Definition, Nature and Scope of Cognitive Psychology
1.2. History of Cognitive Psychology
1.3. Methods to study cognitive Psychology-I


1.4. Methods to study cognitive Psychology-II

        • Quasi-Experimental
        • Neuropsychological

1.5. Application:
Understanding Cognitive Map

Unit-2: Exploring Cognitive Psychology

2.1. Definition, Nature and Theories:
(i) Sensation: Empiricism, Natural Science, Structuralism, Gestalt, Psychophysical approach, Theories of Color Vision, Theories of Pitch
(ii) Perception: Bottom-Up theories of Perception, Top-down perception theories, Computational theories

2.2. Definition, Nature and Theories:
(i) Attention: Bottleneck theory, Automatic versus controlled processing, Feature integration theory, Stroop Effect, Signal Detection, Vigilance
(ii) Pattern Recognition: Template matching theory, Prototype models, Distinctive-features models and Computational approach

2.3. Definition, Nature and Theories :
(i)Thinking: Associationism, Gestalt, Information Processing
(ii) Problem Solving: Problem Space theory, Means-End Hypothesis, Analogy  Approach
2.4. Application:
(i) Activities on Cognitive Map,
(ii) Extra Sensory Perception

Unit-3: Exploring Cognitive Psychology

3.1. Definition, Nature and Theories :
(i) Learning: Hull’s Systematic Behaviour Theory, Lewin’s Field Theory of Learning, Tolman’s Sign              Learning, Gagne’s Theory of Learning, Bandura’s Social Learning Theory, ,
(ii) Memory Model : Unitary, Dual, Multimodal
3.2. Definition, Nature and Theories : (i) Artificial Intelligence, (ii) Language
3.3. Definition, Nature and Theories : (i) Decision Making, (ii)Creativity
3.4. Application: Memory Improvement Techniques

Unit-4: Recent Trends in cognitive Psychology

4.1. Recent Trends in : (i) Sensation, (ii) Perception, (iii) Attention- :Biological Bases of Attention,
4.2. Recent Trends in: (iv) Creativity, (v) Thinking, (vi) Problem Solving
4.3. Recent Trends in: (i) Learning, (ii) Memory, (iii) Pattern Recognition
4.4. Recent Trends in: (i) Language, (ii) Artificial Intelligence, (iii) Decision Making
4.5. Application: Develop creative thinking, decision-making skills


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1. Cognitive Psychology: Definition and domains

2. History and methods of cognitive psychology

3.1 Theories of cognitive development – Piaget

3.2 Theories of cognitive development – Vygotsky

4. Current paradigms of cognitive psychology – Information processing approach,
ecological approach

5. Application: Cognitive style and cognitive map

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