What you'll learn
- What cognitive psychology is and how the mind works
- Perception, action, attention, language, emotion and consciouseness
- Short-term and long-term memory
- Problem solving, decision-making and learning
- Research methods, neuroscience, and how we study the brain
- No previous knowledge of psychology is required as everything will be explained from foundations
- Students are encouraged to make notes and complete the exercises to reinforce learning
Cognitive psychology is the study of mental processes: understanding how the mind works. In this course, we will introduce all of the key concepts in the field of cognitive psychology including perception, attention, memory, decision making and much more.
We’ll start by exploring how we perceive the world and how our senses translate our experiences into a model of the world. We will then explore how we use this to guide our actions and pay attention. We’ll explore how memory works and how this relates to learning, before exploring higher cognitive processes such as language, problem-solving and decision making.
We will see cognitive psychology in action looking at how mental imagery is used in sport and how condition and emotion interact with mental health. Finally, we’ll explore research methods: how do we look inside the brain and understand what is going on, drawing on the latest insights from neuroscience and neuropsychology.
Topics covered in this course:
What is cognitive psychology
Perception and action
Cognition and emotion
Throughout the course, we will use exercises and examples to explore how our own minds work. For example, what happens to visual stimuli in our blind spot? How can we read words partially obscured? How do we know how far away something is? How well can we multitask? What causes speech errors? And what mental shortcuts may throw off our decision-making?
We’ll do all of this through videos, readings, exercises and quizzes, so whatever your learning style there will be something in this course for you. By the end of the course, you will be familiar with all the key topics in the field of cognitive psychology. Please note that this is not a course on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), nor it is a personal development course.
I can’t wait to see you inside the course!
Who this course is for:
- Psychology students who want an introduction to cognitive concepts
- Anyone who would like to learn cognitive psychology
- This is not a CBT or personal development course
Chris Worfolk is a psychologist and software consultant. He is the author of nine books and has taught over 50,000 students on Udemy. He specialises in software, career coaching, mental health and resilience.
Chris is the founder of the mental health charity Anxiety Leeds and co-founder of the Leeds Anxiety Clinic. He is the author of Do More, Worry Less: Small Steps To Reduce Your Anxiety. He has a degree in psychology from Leeds Beckett University.
Previously, he has spent over ten years working in the IT industry helping companies including Sky, Asda, Capita and the NHS improve the digital products. He is the author of numerous books including How to Exit VIM and the IT Contracting Master Class. He has a degree in computing from the University of Leeds.
In his spare time, he is an ironman triathlete, ultramarathon runner, competitive public speaker. He lives in Leeds with his wife and daughter.