Undergraduate Course: Thinking and Reasoning (PSYL10111)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course will cover the main contemporary theories of human reasoning, including logical reasoning, probabilistic reasoning, and analogical reasoning. In addition, it will cover classic research on problem solving and decision making, including problem space theory, insight, as well as heuristics and biases in judgement.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Psychology 2A (PSYL08011) AND
Psychology 2B (PSYL08012)
||Other requirements|| Research Methods and Statistics (PPLS08001) is recommended.
Students on the Cognitive Science (Humanities) programme should seek approval from the Course Organiser.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
||Block 2 (Sem 1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 12,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Peer-led discussions will be used in an on-going, informal manner to check students' understanding.
Coursework 20% (600-word summary of a critical paper)
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||Thinking and Reasoning||1:30|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To critically assess the experimental evidence for and against current cognitive theories
- To explain two or three major issues of dispute, and demonstrate why these issues are important within cognitive psychology.
- To understand normative and descriptive models of cognition and assess the value of different approaches to modelling cognitive processes
|Lecture 1 reading:|
Assigned reading : Baron, J. (2008). Thinking and Deciding (4th Edn). New York: Cambridge University Press. Chapters 1-3.
Lecture 2 reading:
(one of the following interchangeable readings):
Anderson, J. R. (2005). Cognitive Psychology and its implications (7th Edn). New York: Freeman. Chapter 8-9.
Ashcraft, M. H. (2002). Cognition (3rd Edn). New Jersey: Prentice Hall. Chapter 12.
Eysenck, M.W. & Keane, M. T. (2005). Cognitive Psychology: A Student┐s Handbook (5th Ed). East Sussex: Psychology Press Ltd. Chapter 13.
Lecture 3 reading:
Gentner, D. & Markman, A. B. (1997). Structure mapping in analogy and similarity. American Psychologist, 52, 45-56.
Holyoak, K. J. & Thagard, P. (1997). The analogical mind. American Psychologist, 52, 35-44.
Johnson-Laird, P. N. (2005). Flying bicycles: How the Wright brothers invented the airplane. Mind & Society, 4, 27-48.
Lecture 4 reading:
Markman & Gentner (2001). Thinking. Annual Review of Psychology, 52, 223-247.
Suggested: Johnson-Laird, P. N. (2001). Mental models and deduction. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 5, 434-442.
Lecture 5 reading:
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Adam Moore
Tel: (0131 6)50 3369
|Course secretary||Ms Catherine Renton
Tel: (0131 6)50 3602