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Miriam Bassok
PSYCH 469
Seattle Campus

Psychology of Reasoning

Cognitive processes in human learning, problem solving, deductive and inductive reasoning. Prerequisite: minimum 2.0 grade in PSYCH 209.

Class description

The course will cover cognitive research on human problem solving and reasoning. We will consider a variety of problem types (e.g., riddles, algebra word problems, medical diagnosis) to examine how people represent (= understand) problems and which methods they use to search for problem solutions. We will also examine how problem-solving changes with learning and compare the behavior of experts and novices. We will learn about the conditions that promote or hinder flexible transfer of learning across content domains, and discuss the relevance of cognitive research on problem solving to performance in real-life situations.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Weekly lecture and discussion sections

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Weekly homework assignments, midterm and final "mini-research" papers

Weekly assignments, midterm and final papers, class participation


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Miriam Bassok
Date: 01/02/2003