Summer 2019 - PSYC 325 D100
Learning and Memory (3)
Class Number: 5540
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Mo 9:30 AM – 12:20 PM
AQ 3153, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Aug 11, 2019
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
SSCB 9201, Burnaby
Prerequisites:PSYC 201W and PSYC 221 (or PSYC 280).
Examination of the phenomena of memory and the retention and reproduction of information. Considers the conditions and principles of retention and recall in short- and long-term memory.
How is information learned and stored in the brain? How is it retrieved from storage when it is needed? This course investigates learning at different levels of complexity, such as the simplest forms expressed via behavioural changes (e.g., habituation, sensitization, classical and operant conditioning) and more complex processes that underlie memory for skills, general knowledge, and events/experiences. After developing an understanding of multiple learning and memory systems, questions that relate these processes with other aspects of cognition will be addressed, such as: How can emotion and stress can influence memory encoding and retrieval? How and what can we learn by observing the behaviour of others? How does memory function develop and also change with advanced age? All topics in the course are explored in terms of both behavioural processes and neural substrates (e.g., roles of specific brain structures, synaptic plasticity), with a focus on understanding and thinking critically about the original research that generated predominant theories. Throughout, course topics are also related to clinical points of interest, such as how altered learning and memory processes may be involved in aspects of disorders such as autism, Alzheimer’s disease, phobia, post traumatic stress disorder, and addictions.
- In-Class Activities: 8%
- Assignments: 12%
- Quiz: 5%
- Midterms: 45%
- Final Exam: 30%
Office hours: Monday 8:50 AM to 9:20 AM 12:30 to 1:00 PM
Gluck, M. A., Mercado, E., & Myers, C. E. (2016). Learning and memory: From brain to behavior (3rd Edition). Worth Publishing
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