PSY10040 Introduction to the Psychology of Perception and Cognition

Academic Year 2023/2024

This course presents an introduction to the fields of Perception and Cognitive Psychology. The study of "perception" is concerned with how we acquire knowledge about the external world through our senses. It examines such questions as: How do we come to experience colours and sounds, tastes and smells, and objects and faces? "Cognitive psychology" explores how our minds work in seeking, storing and using our knowledge of the world, ourselves and other people. It addresses such questions as: How does our memory system work and what goes on in our heads when we imagine something? The objective of the module is to introduce you to the main principles, methods and findings of contemporary psychology as applied to the fields of perception and cognition. To enhance student learning, lecture content is supplemented by video/computer illustrations and class exercises. Copies of all lecture notes are available to registered students on the Blackboard system.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to:1. Describe and understand how we acquire, store and use information about the world around us;2. Describe and understand the different research methods used by psychologists to study perception and cognition;3. Identify and think critically about areas of research in perception and cognition which can be applied to everyday problems and issues.

Indicative Module Content:

Key topics include an introduction to the senses in Perception and to key topics in Cognition including attention, memory, problem solving. In both Perception and Cognition students are introduced to the methods used by psychologists to study perception and cognition

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lecture, small group tutorial, links to online materials relevant to lectures 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Class Test: In class MCQ test Week 12 n/a Graded No


Class Test: In-class MCQ test Week 6 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Midterm grade will be uploaded for students, those seeking to check or receive feedback should contact module coordinator

Name Role
Ms Aisling Davies Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Ciara Greene Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Klaus Kessler Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 31, 32, 33 Mon 12:00 - 13:50