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Psychology BA (A) Perception, Emotion, Cognition and Learning, 24 credits

General data

Code: PS089G
Subject/Main field: Psykologi
Cycle: First cycle
Progression: (A)
Credits: 24
Progressive specialization: G1N - First cycle, has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
Answerable department: Psychology
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 4/1/2008
Date of change: 9/30/2016
Version valid from: 8/28/2017


The course will provide students with knowledge of perception, emotion, cognition and learning. The various areas are defined and problematized.

Course objectives

On completion of the course students will be able to:

Knowledge and understanding
• Define the concepts perception, emotion, cognition and learning and using literature problematize, discuss and compare the above concepts.
• Based on examples of application describe the chain of information processing and reaction, from perception to metacognition.
• Describe basic learning principles and their importance in various contexts.

Competence and skills
• Carry out a simple behaviour analysis in terms of operant and respondent behaviours.
• Give examples of methods that can be used for scientific analysis of perceptual, cognitive and emotional phenomena.

Judgement and approach
• Identify areas where the level of knowledge is unclear or where there is controversy.


The course includes the following:
Attention and information processing
Cognition and memory
Operant and respondent learning

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

Teaching forms include lectures and seminars.

Examination form

Assessment will be by written assignment, in addition to compulsory attendance at seminars.

Subject-specific grading criteria can be found at:

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Author: Bouton, Mark
Title: Learning and Behaviour
Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition
Publisher: Sinaver Associates Inc U.S.

Author: Goldstein, B. E
Title: Sensation and perception
Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition
Publisher: Wadsworth

Author: Oatley, Keltner & Jenkins
Title: Understanding Emotions
Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing

Author: Reisberg D
Title: Cognition: Exploring the Science of the Mind
Edition: Senaste upplagan/latest edition
Publisher: W W Norton & Co Ltd

Swe: Till kurslitteraturen tillkommer artiklar och kompendiematerial enligt anvisningar från lärare och studiehandledning.
Eng: Articles and compendium will be added as specified by the teacher and study guide.

Other information

Attendance at course seminars, groups work and practicals is compulsory. Students not meeting the requirement of compulsory attendance will be given opportunity make up the work missed during the following year or the next time the course is offered.
All undervisning är examinationsgrundande och seminarier, gruppövningar och laborationer är obligatoriska. Student som ej uppfyller krav om obligatorisk närvaro kan ges möjlighet att komplettera detta under det följande året eller vid nästkommande tillfälle som kursen ges.