Psychology 312

Learning and Thinking

Winter 1996


Instructor: Delwin Lindsey, PhD.

Office: 346 Ovalwood


Office Phone: (419) 755-4359

Office hours: 10:00 - 11:00 am MTWR and by appointment


Required Text: Human Memory, Structures and Processes (Second Edition) by Roberta Klatzky.


Course Description

We will examine a number of basic topics in the area of cognitive psychology: memory, perception, learning, language, and problem solving. These will be studied from the perspective of an information-processing approach to memory. In this view, the human mind is considered to be a continuously active system that acquires, transforms, stores, retrieves, elaborates, and acts upon information. Discussion of important historical, conceptual, and empirical developments in the above-mentioned areas of cognitive psychology will be based not only upon material found in the required text, but also upon material from many other sources introduced in lecture by the instructor.



Grades will be based on performance on four in-class exams and an out-of-class writing assignment.



Exams will be a combination of multiple choice and short-answer and will be based on material from both the textbook and from the lectures. No exam will be comprehensive. They will all cover the material immediately preceding the exam. Exam dates are on the attached schedule. Each exam is worth a maximum of 100 points.


Writing assignment:

The out-of-class writing assignment will consist of two reviews of original studies published in scientific journals. The studies that you choose to review will be drawn from the numerous classic studies cited in your textbook and/or mentioned/discussed in class. Each review will be worth a maximum of 50 points, and will be due at the end of the quarter. Be forewarned: the Mansfield campus library does not carry many of the relevent journals, so you will need to allow enough time to acquire the necessary articles from outside sources. A handout discussing the writing assignment in greater detail will be distributed sometime during the second week of class.



Attendance is your responsibility. However, please keep in mind that much of the material on which you will be tested is not to be found explicitly in your textbook.


Exams and Snow days:

In the event that an exam must be postponed as a result of bad weather, you must be prepared to take the exam during the next scheduled class.


Final Exam Date:

In keeping with university policy, graduating seniors will take their final exam during the last week of classes. All other students will be expected to take their final exam at the regularly-scheduled time and date indicated in the attached class schedule. If you are not a graduating senior but happen to have 3 or more final exams scheduled for one day and would like to take the final at a different time, you must notify and make arrangements with the instructor before the end of the second week of class.



Your final grade for this course will be determined by adding your four exam scores with the scores from your writing assignment. The maximum number of points that a student may earn in the course is 500 (400 from exams + 100 from the writing assignment). At the end of the quarter, a distribution of the total points obtained on all graded materials will be made and letter grades (A, A-, B+,B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D-, E) will be assigned.


Academic Misconduct

Instances of academic misconduct will be handled in accordance with faculty rule 335-5-54, which states that "each instructor shall report to the Committee on Academic Misconduct all instances of what he or she believes may be academic misconduct." Information on what constitutes academic misconduct can be obtained from the instructor.


This syllabus is subject to minor revisions. If such revisions take place, they will be announced in class. If you are not in attendence when the announcements are made, it is your responsibility to find out about the revisions either from the instructor or from your classmates.

Psychology 312 - Memory and Thinking
Instructor - Delwin Lindsey, Ph.D.
Winter 1996
1 Jan-02 Introduction and Human Information Processing Ch. 1+2
2 Jan-08 Sensory Registers Ch. 3
*** No Class - Jan 15 - Martin Luther King Day ***
*** Midterm #1 Tuesday, Jan 16 ***
3 Jan-16 Pattern Recognition and Attention Ch. 4
4 Jan-22 Attention and Short Term Memory: Verbal Storage and Ch. 5
Jan-25 Working Memory
5 Jan-29 Short Term Memory: Forgetting Ch. 6
*** Midterm #2 Monday, Feb 5 ***
6 Feb-05 Visual Codes in STM Ch. 7
7 Feb-12 Long Term Memory: Structure and Processing Ch. 8
Feb-15 of Knowledge
8 Feb-19 Encoding information into LTM Ch. 9
*** Midterm #3 Monday, Jan 22 ***
9 Feb-26 Retrieving Information from LTM Ch. 10
10 Mar-04 Forgetting, Distortion, and Construction Ch. 11
Mar-07 of information in LTM; Memory and Individuals
Mar-11 *** FINAL EXAM (11:00 am - 12:48 pm) ***