Introduction to Cognition and Perception: Psych 2145-100

T/R 9:30 - 10:45am, Fall 2001
Room: Muen E0046
Department of Psychology, Muenzinger

Professor TA
Name: Randy O'Reilly Bill Bonk
Office: Muen D-251C Muen E-235
Phone: 303 492-0054 303 492-1278
Email: anti-spam email addr img
Office Hours: Mon 3-4; Fri 2-3 Tues/Thurs 11-12

Text: Willingham (2001). Cognition: The Thinking Animal. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Goals: The ability to engage in complex cognition is what differentiates us from other species in the animal kingdom. It is central to what makes us human, and it supports everything we do in school, work, conversation, etc. Cognition is what allows you to read these words and make sense of what they say, and remember what they said a few hours and (possibly) days later. The average person usually takes all of this for granted, but in fact the mysteries of how the brain carries out all of these cognitive processes are deep and fascinating. In this course, we explore all major aspects of cognition including perception (e.g., the process of reading words or identifying objects), attention (e.g., focusing on one word at a time out of many on the page), memory (e.g., remembering the words later), decision making (e.g., should I take this course or another one?), problem solving (e.g., figuring out what you need to do to graduate), and language (e.g., making sense of these words). We approach these topics using a variety of methods, including behavioral studies, neural imaging and recording studies, and computational models.

NOTE: The final is: Friday Dec 14, 7:30-10:00pm (this was missing from syllabus).

Important Links

Professor: Randy O'Reilly

Full Syllabus: Online Version -- or -- PDF Version (for printing)

Downloading anything: Overall course FTP site


Lectures will be posted the night before lecture, and are listed here when posted.

You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader to read these PDF (portable document format) files.

Tu 8/28/01: Introduction (lecture not actually given, but you can see it anyway)
Th 8/30/01: History, Paradigms & Methods (Curran version)
Tu 9/04/01: History, Paradigms & Methods (O'Reilly version)
Th 9/06/01: Neuroscience & Methods
Tu 9/11/01: Vision: Lower Level
Tu 9/18/01: Vision: Higher Level
Th 9/20/01: Attention Lecture 1
Tu 9/25/01: Attention Lecture 1 Extra (Actually just one attn lecture, this is extra slides for the end of that lecture).
Th 9/27/01: Review Summary for Exam 1
Tu 10/09/01: Memory: Sensory and Primiary Memory
Tu 10/16/01: Memory: Encoding
Th 10/18/01: Memory: Retrieval
Tu 10/23/01: Memory: Retrieval (part 2)
Th 10/25/01: Memory: The Storehouse
Tu 10/30/01: Memory: The Storehouse (part 2)
Th 11/01/01: Review Summary for Exam 2
Th 11/08/01: Decision Making
Tu 11/13/01: Logical Reasoning
Th 11/15/01: Problem Solving (part 1)
Tu 11/20/01: Problem Solving (part 2)
Tu 11/27/01: Language (part 1)
Th 11/29/01: Language (part 2)
Tu 12/04/01: Review Summary for Exam 3


The grades (percent correct) are posted by the last 4 digits of your student ID number and are only posted if you gave permission on the exam to do so.

To convert your percentage into a letter grade, the grading scale is a standard one: 100-93 = A, 93-90 = A-, 90-87 = B+, 87-83 = B, etc. Numbers on the boundary round up, e.g., 93 = A.

Exam 1 Grades (Adjusted!)
Exam 2 Grades (Adjusted!)
Exam 3 Grades
Final Exam, Quiz, and Overall Final Grades

Last updated: 12/19/01