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Undergraduate Course: Working Memory (PSYL10117)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all 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 This course provides in-depth consideration of working memory, including basic research and theories.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Research Methods and Statistics 2 (PSYL10126) AND Research Methods & Statistics 3 (PSYL10127)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting 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. Students are advised to enrol only if they have passed an introductory cognitive psychology course.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  55
Course Start Block 1 (Sem 1)
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 88 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Course work (20%)
Complete one written essay (maximum length 1000 words) based on a prompt that will be made available at least one week in advance. Feedback will be provided to help students better prepare for their examination.

Exam 80%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)1:30
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. After the course, students will be able to - 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 working memory.
  3. Reason about how working memory theory can predict everyday cognitive functioning.
Reading List
Indicative Reading List:
These references provide important reading material for the course. Additional references will be provided for each lecture during the course. Note that the assessment will require knowledge that has been learned from background reading as well as from the lectures.
Camos, V. (2017). Domain-specific versus domain-general maintenance in working memory: Reconciliation within the Time-Based Resource Sharing Model. In B.H. Ross (Ed.) The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, vol 67, 135-171. (Note only available as a printed copy for reference in Psychology Library)
*Cowan, N. (2017). The many faces of working memory and short-term storage. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 24, 1158-1170. DOI 10.3758/s13423-016-1191-6
*Logie, R. H. (2011). The functional organization and capacity limits of working memory. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 20, 240-245
*Logie, R.H. (2016). Retiring the Central Executive. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 69, 2093-2109. DOI 10.1080/17470218.2015.1136657
*Norris, D. (2017). Short-term memory and long-term memory are still different. Psychological Bulletin, 143(9), 992-1009.

*These are all available in electronic journals available through the Library pages after logging on to MyED. Go to library homepage and scroll to the bottom, the select E-Journals A-Z title list.
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Course organiserProf Robert Logie
Course secretaryMs Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
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