PSYb1050 Psychology of cognitive processes

Faculty of Social Studies
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: zk (examination).
Mgr. Miroslav Šipula (lecturer)
Mgr. Lenka Štěpánková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Stanislav Ježek, Ph.D. (assistant)
Mgr. Jakub Kraus, Ph.D. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Lenka Štěpánková, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Contact Person: Mgr. Miroslav Šipula
Supplier department: Department of Psychology - Faculty of Social Studies
Mon 16. 9. 14:00–15:40 Aula, Mon 30. 9. 14:00–15:40 Aula, Mon 14. 10. 14:00–15:40 Aula, Mon 11. 11. 14:00–15:40 Aula, Mon 25. 11. 14:00–15:40 U23, Mon 9. 12. 14:00–15:40 Aula
  • Timetable of Seminar Groups:
PSYb1050/01: Mon 16. 9. 16:00–17:40 U23, Mon 30. 9. 16:00–17:40 U23, Mon 14. 10. 16:00–17:40 U23, Mon 11. 11. 16:00–17:40 U23, Mon 25. 11. 16:00–17:40 U23, Mon 9. 12. 16:00–17:40 U33, M. Šipula, L. Štěpánková
PSYb1050/02: each odd Monday 16:00–17:40 U23, M. Šipula, L. Štěpánková
PSYb1050/03: each odd Monday 18:00–19:40 U23, M. Šipula, L. Štěpánková
PSYb1050/04: each odd Wednesday 18:00–19:40 U53, M. Šipula, L. Štěpánková
Prerequisites (in Czech)
! PSY105 P. of cognitive processes
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
PSYb1050 is an introductory course providing students with an insight into classical theories of human cognition. The lecture topics represent an overview of cognitive processes with an emphasis on scientific approach towards human cognition. This course represents a base for further study of other psychological disciplines.
Learning outcomes
After successful completion of the course, a student would be able to:

1. Characterize particular cognitive processes and their relation to behavior

2. Explain certain chosen theories of perception, attention, and memory models

3. Formulate a conclusion about the relation between human cognition, behavior, emotions and motivation

4. Describe scientific methods used in experimental research of cognition

5. Integrate the knowledge about human cognition into other psychological disciplines
  • Course Introduction

    Psychology as a separate scientific discipline, historical overview of psychological schools with the emphasis on cognitive revolution and its impact on the further development of the field, from cognitive revolution towards modern cognitive science, current trends in research and philosophy of consciousness (from Turing through Searle to Dannett).

  • Perception

    Psychophysics (Weber-Fechner law), object recognition (Marr´s model, Biederman´s model), constructivist theory of perception vs. direct perception (Gibson), embedded cognition and affordances, color perception (Young-Helmholtz theory, Hering theory and Hurvich theory), gestalt laws of perception, visual illusions, perception pathology (blindsight, neglect, prosopagnosia), non-standard perception (synesthesia), mental representations, Paivio´s model of dual coding, schemas (Bartlett), scripts (Schank & Abelson), propositions (Kosslyn), mental rotations (Shepard & Metzler), boundary extension (Intraub).

  • Attention

    Definition and characteristics of attention, classical filter theories of attention (Treisman, Deutsch & Deutsch, Broadbent), Kahneman, Norman and Bobrow´s model of attention, divided attention, cocktail party phenomenon, change blindness, experimental methods to test attention.

  • Memory

    Types of memory according to the information stored (episodic, semantic and autobiographical memory), the relation between episodic and autobiographical memory (Pathman et al., 2011), declarative and procedural memory, types of memory according the time period of information storage (Atkinson & Shiffrin model), working memory (Baddeley & Hitch), Conway´s model of autobiographical memory, autobiographical memory and trauma, reminiscence bump and cultural life scripts (Berntsen & Rubin), flashbulb memories (Brown & Kulik), Living in history (Brown), forgetting and amnesia.

  • Language and speech

    Foundations of psycholinguistics, cognitive anthropology, Sapir-Whorf hypothesis, language and thought, different theories of concept categorization, speech apprehension theories (Piaget, Vygotsky, Chládková), reading and speech production, theory of memes (Blackmore), aphasia.

  • Thinking and decision making

    Making judgments and deciding, deduction and induction in thinking, Tversky and Kahneman prospect theory, heuristics, Damasio and Bechara (somatic marker hypothesis, Iowa gambling task and its criticism).
    required literature
  • EYSENCK, Michael W. and Mark T. KEANE. Cognitive psychology : a student's handbook. Seventh edition. London: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group, 2015. xviii, 838. ISBN 9781848724167. info
  • EYSENCK, Michael W. and Mark T. KEANE. Kognitivní psychologie. Translated by Miroslav Filip. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2008. 748 s. ISBN 9788020015594. info
    recommended literature
  • GOLDSTEIN, E. B. (2014). Cognitive psychology: Connecting mind, research and everyday experience. Nelson Education.
  • STERNBERG, Robert J. Kognitivní psychologie. Translated by František Koukolík. Vyd. 1. Praha: Portál, 2002. 636 s. ISBN 80-7178-376-5. info
  • KAHNEMAN, Daniel. Myšlení - rychlé a pomalé. Translated by Eva Nevrlá. Vydání první. V Brně: Jan Melvil, 2012. 542 stran. ISBN 9788087270424. info
    not specified
  • Baars, B. J., & Gage, N. M. (2010). Cognition, brain, and consciousness: Introduction to cognitive neuroscience. Academic Press.
  • PLHÁKOVÁ, Alena. Učebnice obecné psychologie. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2004. 472 s. ISBN 9788020014993. info
  • ŠIKL, Radovan. Zrakové vnímání. 1. vydání. Praha: Grada Publishing, 2012. 312 stran. ISBN 9788024730295. info
Teaching methods
PowerPoint slides will be available after every lecture (uploaded at study materials). It is not advised to copy all the information on slides during lecture, but rather think about the material that is discussed during lecture and prepare comments and discussion questions.

Seminar exercises
Students will be presented with application of theories from the lectures and will actively participate on a teaching process in smaller groups. Attendance is required in 5 out of 6 seminar exercises. Student will have to complete the mandatory homework even for the missed seminar exercise.

Each topic (out of five covered in lectures) will require reading of one research paper, that would be uploaded to study materials by the teacher. It is advised to read all five of the papers, as the content can be a subject of the final test.

Mandatory homework
Student hands-in THREE discussion questions based on the reading (as least one discussion question per research paper) during semester and two multiple-choice questions that simulates the final test questions with one correct answer and four distractor answers. Student can choose which week to hand-in the discussion question and which week the simulated test question. The dates for each homework will be listed in interactive syllabus.

Seminar exercise participation
The research paper will be discussed at the beginning of each seminar exercise. Students are supposed to bring their discussion questions and participate in discussion.
Assessment methods
Homework evaluation (Specific rules of evaluation and detailed homework assignment can be found in interactive syllabus). Student is required to hand in all the mandatory homework, after that will be allowed to participate on the final test. Late due of the homework will not be accepted at any circumstances.

Quizzes. There are two quizzes during semester, student is required to take at least one of them. The better score will be counted in the final grade. In case of completing only one out of two quizzes, the completed quiz score will be automatically counted in the final grade. The maximum a student can get from one quiz is 20 points.

Final exam. PC administrated test containing open answer questions and multiple-choice questions. Maximum is 50 points. Final exam and one quiz add up to maximum 70 points.

Student is required to obtain at least 60 % of the total 70 point to pass the course.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information

Interactive syllabus link:

Contact info:

Mgr. Lenka Štěpánková, Ph. D., Room 2.47, Consultations ideally upon email agreement, Office hours: Tuesday 14 - 16:00.

Mgr. Miroslav Šipula, Room 2.54, Consultations upon email agreement:, office hours according the personal profile at IS.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2020, Autumn 2021.
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