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Postgraduate Course: Working Memory (PSYL11079)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryWorking memory refers to the cluster of processes engaged while thinking: retrieving information already learned, attending to information in the environment, and using this information in the service of some goal. Theories of working memory describing how these functions relate to each other will be covered, drawing upon empirical evidence from cognitive experiments, typical and abnormal neural functioning, and development from childhood to adulthood.
Course description Students meet twice per week. One meeting is a 2-hour lecture and the other is a 1-hour tutorial for discussing relevant readings supplementing the lectures.

Schedule of Lecture topics:
Week 1 What is working memory and why does it matter?
Week 2 Working memory limits
Week 3 Time, knowledge, and variability in healthy populations
Week 4 Development of working memory
Week 5 Neuroscience and neuropsychology of working memory
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  20
Course Start Block 1 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework 100%. Course work includes a 3000-word written essay and participation in tutorials. Course marks equals essay mark unless tutorial participation was unsatisfactory.
Feedback Each tutorial meeting affords opportunities to test understanding of the concepts from readings and lecture via discussion with peers and the instructor.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate knowledge of current working memory theory, including the ability to critically evaluate evidence favouring various theories
  2. demonstrate understanding of the methods used to measure WM
  3. reason about how working memory theory can predict everyday cognitive functioning
Reading List
Indicative Reading List:

Week 1:
Baddeley, A. (2012). Working memory: Theories, models, and controversies. Annual Review of Psychology, 63, 1-29.

Logie, R. H. (2011). The functional organization and capacity limits of working memory. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 240-245.

Week 2:
Cowan, N. (2001). The magical number 4 in short-term memory: A reconsideration of mental storage capacity. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24, 87-185.

Nairne, J. S. (2002). Remembering over the short-term: the case against the standard model. Annual Review of Psychology, 53, 53-81.

Week 3:
Logie, R.H. & Maylor, E.A. (2009). An internet study of prospective memory across adulthood. Psychology and Aging, 24, 767¿774

Unsworth, N., Fukuda, K., Awh, E., & Vogel, E. (2014). Working memory and fluid intelligence: Capacity, attention control, and secondary memory retrieval. Cognitive Psychology, 71, 1-26.

Week 4:
Gathercole, S. E., Pickering, S. J., Ambridge, B., & Wearing, H. (2004). The structure of working memory from 4 to 15 years of age. Developmental Psychology, 40(2), 177-190.

Melby-Lervåg, M., & Hulme, C. (2013). Is working memory training effective? A meta-analytic review. Developmental Psychology, 49(2), 270-291.

Week 5:
D¿Esposito, M., & Postle, B. R. (2015). The cognitive neuroscience of working memory. Annual Review of Psychology, 66, 115¿142.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Students will have the opportunity to practice speaking in small discussion groups and will receive feedback on their writing during this course.
Additional Class Delivery Information Attend all lectures and tutorials as scheduled
Keywordsworking memory,memory,attention,psychology,neuroscience,neuropsychology
Course organiserProf Robert Logie
Course secretaryMiss Toni Noble
Tel: (0131 6)51 3188
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