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Anthony G. Greenwald
PSYCH 463
Seattle Campus

Implicit and Unconscious Cognition

Overview of method, theory, and findings concerning cognitive processes operating outside attentional focus or without introspective awareness. Considers relevance to basic phenomena of social, cognitive, and clinical psychology. Prerequisite: minimum 2.0 grade in either PSYCH 315 or PSYCH 317; minimum 2.0 grade in either PSYCH 303, PSYCH 305, PSYCH 333, PSYCH 345, or PSYCH 355.

Class description

Psychology is undergoing an Implicit Revolution, which started in the 1980s, and is still ongoing. This revolution continues to produce useful new research methods and an ever-improving theoretical understanding of how human cognition and behavior function outside of conscious awareness. Psychology 463 surveys the methods, findings, and theories that comprise this revolution.

Student learning goals

Students will gain knowledge of methods used to study implicit and unconscious cognition findings established by these methods theoretical issues being debated among researchers

Students will be challenged to demonstrate knowledge of empirical findings and theoretical explanations apply their analytic skills to course topics

General method of instruction

Topics will be presented in lecture/discussion format. Students should be prepared to spend, on average, at least 4 hours per week outside of class meetings on preparation for class meetings.

Recommended preparation

Some knowledge of statistics is essential in reading the literature for the course topics, Psychology 315 or 317 (min. grade 2.0) is a prerequisite. Because the focus will mostly be on material of psychology, one of the department's relevant 300-level survey courses that covers phenomena relevant to implicit and unconscious cognition, Psychology 303, 305, 335, 345, or 355, is a second prerequisite (min. grade 2.0).

Class assignments and grading

There will be assigned readings associated with each lecture. Readings are typically not long (in pages) but can be challenging in content. Lectures will elaborate on the more difficult material in the readings.

88% of the grade will be based on three closed-book exams given in (approximately) the 4th, 7th, and 10th weeks. These will be based on material covered in lectures and readings (non-cumulative). The remaining portion will be based on in-class quizzes and some extra-credit opportunities.


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 Anthony G. Greenwald
Date: 02/06/2014