Cognition, Language and Thought (PSYC3012)


This unit extends the theories and methods of investigating memory and attentional processes discussed in PSYC2013 to consider a number of domains of higher cognitive processing. One strand of the course will focus on the cognitive processes involved in speech perception, language comprehension, language production, and reading. The remainder of the course will deal with the cognitive processes involved in reasoning and skill acquisition. The practical program will expose students to a variety of the research methods used to investigate higher cognitive processes, develop their understanding of how these methods can be used to investigate hypotheses about mental processes and consider applications of cognitive research to real-world problems and issues.

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Further unit of study information


Two 1 hour lectures and one 2 hour practical per week.


One 2 hour exam, 2000 word prac report, practical exercise(s) (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

(PSYC2013 or PSYC2113) and 6 credit points from (PSYC2011 or PSYC2911 or PSYC2012 or PSYC2014).

PSYC2012 or PSYC2112



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Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.