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University of Mississippi
Department of Psychology
3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Matt Reysen

Dr. Matt Reysen

Dr. Matthew Reysen received his Ph.D. in cognitive psychology from Purdue University in 2004 and has been teaching here at Ole Miss ever since. The classes that Dr. Reysen commonly teachs are labs in cognition and perception, cognitive psychology, and introduction to psychology. Dr. Reysen's general research focus is on how the human memory system works. More specifically, the study of how false memories can be implanted and how social influences can affect memory performance.

Contact Information:

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

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Course Description

This is a fifteen lesson independent study course on the topic of Cognition and Perception Research in Psychology. This course is designed to cover research methods, especially in the study of cognition. We will be covering topics such as scales, validity, reliability, experimental designs, statistics, measurement and data analysis. Course assignments to include readings and submissions are reflected with each lesson.

Textbook Information:


Research in Psychology:  Methods and Design, Fifth Edition (2004)
by C. J. Goodwin
Wiley Publishing –
ISBN-13: 0471763837

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Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):


Knowledge of scientific methods and your ability to evaluate evidence. By the end of this course you should have a better understanding of how our knowledge of psychology is obtained and evaluated, assessing the conclusions drawn from empirical studies (e.g., How do psychologists investigate learning and how do we identify the neurological basis for cognitive processes?). This outcome will be assessed by homework activities and quizzes.


Knowledge about how to perform research. After this course, you should be able to identify research in cognition and perception and be able to design research experiments to test that information. This outcome will be tested through homework and writing assignments

Course Outline:

This course consists of 15 instructional modules (or lessons).  


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Lesson One

Chapter 3 and Eyewitness Testimony

Lesson Essay

Lesson Two

Eyewitness Testimony article and Title Pages

Lesson Essay

Lesson Three

Chapter 4 and False Memories

 Lesson Essay

Lesson Four

False Memory article and Abstracts

 Lesson Essay

Lesson Five

Chapter 12 and Judgements of Memory

Lesson Essay

Lesson Six

Judgements of Memory article and Introductions

 Lesson Essay

Course Exam 1

Test 1

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Seven

Chapter 9 and Decision Making

Lesson Essay

Lesson Eight

Decision Making article and Methods

Lesson Essay

Lesson Nine

Chapter 5 and Expertise

 Lesson Essay

Lesson Ten

Expertise article and Results

Lesson Essay

Course Exam 2

Test 2

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Eleven

Chapter 6 and Proactive Interference

 Lesson Essay

Lesson Twelve

Proactive Interference article and Discussions

 Lesson Essay

Lesson Thirteen

Chapter 7 & 8 and Survival Memory

 Lesson Essay

Lesson Fourteen

Survival Memory article

Lesson Essay

Lesson Fifteen

Final Paper


Final Exam

Final Exam

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit



90 - 100% = A
80 - 89% = B
70 - 79% = C
60 - 69% = D
Below 59% = F

Grading Information
Three Examinations (200 points each)    600
Lesson Essays (50 points each)            750
Total Possible Points                           1350

Examination Information:
Three examinations will be administered during the course. Each examination will be 200 points each. Two hours will be allowed for each examination and Bluebooks will be provided for each examination. Examinations will be returned to the students as quickly as possible. The final examination is the THIRD examination and will not be comprehensive.

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