Category Archives: Cognitive Psychology

Parts of the Brain Lesson Plan

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Learning Objectives: Summarize significant theories and models of cognition Give constructive feedback and work collaboratively in a professional manner Identify the main structures of the brain and explain their roles in cognition and behavior. In the document below, you will find the instructions and templates used in this 90-minute in-person lesson plan on the structure and function of different brain… Read more »

Memory and Learning Lesson Plan

This lesson plan focuses on ways to improve memory using context cues and deep processing. Here is the lesson plan for a 75 minute in-person course :Memory and Learning You will need this powerpoint for the Droodles mini-lesson: Droodles Mini-Lesson You will need these worksheets for the students for the Deep Processing mini-lesson: Deep worksheet and Shallow worksheet

Lesson Plan – Serial and Parallel Processing

This lesson can be embedded in a Cognitive Psychology course, which fits with the topics of perception and memory. It was designed to help undergraduates understand the basics of information processing theory, the concepts of serial and parallel processing and their characteristics, as well as the parallel processing model in the domain of reading comprehension. Here is the lesson plan… Read more »

Lesson Plan on Eyewitness Memory

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Here is a lesson plan on eyewitness memory and testimony: JJones Eyewitness Memory Lesson Plan 5.15 Students will engage in a number of activities that demonstrate the fallibility and malleability of their own memory at both the encoding and retrieval stages, communicate their understanding of memory as a reconstructive process, and practice thinking like researchers interacting with the legal system…. Read more »

Cognitive Biases lesson plan

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This lesson is designed to enable students to define different types of biases and identify examples of them in journalism, pseudoscience, and their daily lives. The lesson is also intended to help students articulate the importance of avoiding biases in psychology research. Here is the lesson plan for a 75-minute class: Cognitive Biases Lesson Plan 5-26-20 You will need this… Read more »

Content Acquisition Podcast (CAP) on Decision Making

This Content Acquisition Podcast (CAP) on decision making examines the Expected Utility Theory and Prospect Theory. It provides examples of how individuals may make decisions that violate the Expected Utility Theory from Kahneman and Tversky (1979). This CAP may be used in a Cognitive Psychology and Consumer Psychology course. CAP on Decision Making

Short-Term Memory/Clustering

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Infusing lessons with data: Mini-lesson on Short-Term Memory/Clustering The following lesson could be incorporated in either and Intro to Psychology class or Cognitive Psychology class where the topic revolves around memory. Students will be shown a table of 25 random words for two minutes. The words will then disappear, and students will be asked to write down as many words… Read more »

Materials from Quantitative Reasoning Workshop

Thanks to Aysenur Benevento, Teresa Ober, and Christen Madsen for contributing materials. We have uploaded slides that provide activities for (1) operationalizing a variable, (2) teaching students how to compute odds ratios, and (3) graphing data, as well as providing links to other resources for infusing your psychology class with quantitative reasoning.  For the serial position effect demo, here are… Read more »

Intelligence testing lesson-plan and associated materials

Here is the lesson plan for a double period Lesson plan for Intelligence and IQ Testing Here is the powerpoint that I have used for the Smarties and DumDums mini-lesson Activity_SmartiesnDumDums_short adapted from Lewandowski (2003). Lewandowski, G. W., Jr. (2003, March). Classroom demonstration for teaching threats to internal validity. Poster presented at 17th Annual Meeting on Undergraduate Teaching of Psychology Ideas and… Read more »