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Human Learning and Memory

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Credit value
4 (US), 7.5 (ECTS), 0.5 (CU)
Year, Fall Term

Module overview

An overview of current understanding of learning and memory from behavioural, cognitive, and neural perspectives. The emphases will be on theoretical ideas about the ways in which distinct memory processes can be isolated and identified, and on the practical applications of research.

Students are introduced to the idea of a processing stream from initial encoding and storage in short-term memory to subsequent consolidation in long-term memory and retrieval. A key objective of the course is to equip students with the ability to evaluate evidence for the existence of distinct memory processes in this stream. Detailed understanding of aspects of the neural basis and neuropsychology of memory are relevant to this objective, hence characteristics of amnesia are discussed in depth.

Students also learn about multiple ways in which influences of memory can manifest themselves in behaviour. Applied topics such as aging, memory distortions, and eyewitness memory are included.


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