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Module code:PSYC1201 (Add to my personalised list)
Title:Memory and Decision
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof N Harvey
Organiser's location:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):1
Module prerequisites:First and second year modules are largely unavailable to non-Psychology students due to the number of students who take them as part of their programme. To find out if they are available to you please visit the website below, selecting the relevant information sheet.  
Module outline:This course aims to provide honours-level coverage of a core area of psychology, building on the introductory overview provided by 1107, and giving the background for students to undertake specialist third year options in this area. Specifically it aims to introduce normative and descriptive theories of various different types of decision making, and to enable students to understand basic processes of memory encoding, organisation and retrieval. The inter-dependence between decision making and memory will be highlighted by covering memory-based processes in decision-making (e.g. direct retrieval of previously effective decision strategies, the availability heuristic) and decision processes in memory (e.g. confidence assessments). Specific topics include: Expected utility theory and its variants; decision analysis; heuristics and biases; ecological (Brunswikian) approaches to decision making; cooperative group decision making; game theory and its applications; risk-taking behaviour, fairness; trust. Definitions of memory; formation, consolidation and disruption of the memory trace; distinction between semantic and episodic memory; autobiographical memory; remembering in everyday life; feelings of knowing, metamemory and confidence in retrieval; individual differences in memory and the study of mnemonics and mnemonists; memory in a social context; case studies of effects of brain damage (e.g. amnesia).  
Module aims:To introduce students to normative and descriptive theories of various types of decision making, and to enable students to understand basic processes of memory encoding, organisation and retrieval. 
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Module assessment:Unseen three-hour written examination 100.00% 
Notes:Core Course for BSc Psychology students  
Taking this module as an option?:No 
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