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Experimental Psychology: Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Specialization

Applied cognitive psychology deals with applications of basic research on memory, thinking, problem solving, and language to real world problems and applications. Combining coursework in psychology and other areas, along with research that originates in psychology and related departments, creates many possibilities for students to design credible and innovative courses of study leading to a Ph.D.

Cognitive psychology uses methods and theories from experimental psychology in an attempt to gain a scientific understanding of cognitive phenomena that occur in the real world of human experience and activity, and to solve the practical problems that arise in these everyday settings. Students are trained in research design, and statistical methods, and engage in laboratory research throughout their training. Hands-on research experience is an essential part of training. Students are encouraged to apply their knowledge of cognitive psychology to areas including instructional technology and health-related applications. The major focus of the Cognitive specialization is on the study of learning behavior in the environment of instructional technologies.

Sample Ph.D. Degree Plan with a Focus on Learning Technologies

Courses in Psychology:

  • Data Analysis
  • Experimental Design
  • Advanced Correlational Methods
  • Seminar in Cognition
  • Cognitive Development
  • Lifespan Development
  • Seminar in Social Cognition
  • Human Factors Psychology
  • Human Factors Methodology
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Human Motivation: A Social Psychological Approach
Courses in Education/Instructional Technology:
  • Instructional Technology Foundations
  • Computer Programming for Educators
  • Authoring Systems for CAI
  • Computer Assisted Instruction
  • Design 1
  • Design 2