DD303: Themes

Some of the cognitive psychology themes I noticed during preparation for the DD303 exam.

  • Discrete/continuous
  • Process/representation and processes which change representations
  • Comparison
    • similar/congruent vs. different/incongruent
      • Hunt & McDaniel (1993)
      • classification
      • encoding specificity
      • mood congruent memory
  • Marr’s levels, cognitive
    • Functions
    • Algorithms
    • (Neural) Implementation
  • Parallel/serial processes
  • Controlled (conscious, slow, serial, flexible)/automatic (unconscious, fast, inflexible) processes
  • Conscious/unconscious processes
  • Abstract/concrete representation
    • Mental Logic abstract form(al) rules / Mental Models meaning
    • Categories/instances
    • Conceptual (linguistic, semantic)/perceptual
  • Limited information processing resources
  • Innate/learnt
  • fast/slow processing (dual routes)
  • bottom up (perception)/top down (knowledge)
  • peripheral/central
  • general/specific (function/process)
  • stimuli congruence/incongruence
  • (brain) structure/function

DD303: Autobiographical memory


Made up questions based on the DD303 chapter on autobiographical memory.

  • What are the methodological challenges to studying autobiographical memory?
  • How can we measure autobiographical memories?
  • Why are only some autobiographical memories consciously experienced? Make reference to the ‘working self’ in your answer.

DD303: Consciousness


Made up questions based on the DD303 chapter on consciousness.

  • What can the dissociation of implicit and explicit memory tell us about the structure of consciousness?
  • Does normal consciousness require intact memory function or does normal memory function require consciousness?
  • Is consciousness used to control behaviour or do we become conscious when we exert behavioural control?
  • Are we conscious of a stimulus or memory because it exceeds a salience or activation threshold or because it is processed in a particular way?
  • Does consciousness serve a function or is it an epiphenomenon?
  • What can cognitive psychology tell us about consciousness?

DD303: Cognition and emotion


Made up questions based on the DD303 chapter on cognition and emotion.

  • What are emotions for?
  • Debate the relationship between cognition and emotion.

DD303: Judgement & decision making

Resources that I’ve found useful.

DD303: Reasoning

Resources that I’ve found useful.


Made up questions based on the DD303 chapter on reasoning.

  • To what extent can theories of reasoning explain human rationality?
  • How can we account for failures in human reasoning?
  • How do individual differences influence human reasoning?
  • Is logical validity an appropriate measure of human reasoning?
  • Is being logical the same as being rational?
  • What limits the human ability to reason logically?