PSY 320 Cognitive Psychology

PSY 320 IS Sec 1, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Dr. Matt Reysen

Instructor name:
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 teaches 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:

If you have questions concerning the content of the course, you may contact the instructor directly using the Email Your Instructor link in the Lessons or Content page. NOTE: Whenever sending email, please be sure to indicate your course title and number in the subject line. You can expect a response within 72 hours, although it may be longer on weekends. Many instructors reply within 24 hours.

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P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

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Course Description

Welcome to Cognitive Psychology! Cognitive Psychology is the study of mental processes of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses. In this course, we will discuss different areas of cognitive theory, including perception, memory, language, decision making, and problem solving.

Most people find psychology very interesting, since it is about us!

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

In this course, you will learn:

  1. How the mind functions with regards to cognitive tasks
  2. To think critically
  3. To apply knowledge to real life situations.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 13 instructional modules, an experiment design project, and 2 proctored exams.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades

Pacing guide to complete the course in a semester


*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz

Week 1


Introduction to the course

Introduce Yourself! discussion board

Week 1


Chapter 1

Journal, Quiz

Week 1


Chapter 2

Journal, Quiz

Week 2


Chapter 3

Journal, Quiz

Week 3


Chapter 4

Journal, Quiz

Week 4


Chapter 5

Journal, Quiz

Week 5


Chapter 6

Journal, Quiz

Week 6


Chapter 7

Journal, Quiz

Week 7

Midterm Exam

Proctored exam covering lessons 1-7.
NOTE: all lesson work must be submitted before you apply for this exam.

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

End of Week 7


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the exam has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course

The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.


Chapter 8

Journal, Quiz

Week 8


Chapter 9

Journal, Quiz

Week 9


Chapter 10

Journal, Quiz

Week 10


Chapter 11

Journal, Quiz

Week 11


Chapter 12

Journal, Quiz

 Week 12


Chapter 13

Journal, Quiz

Week 13

Experimental Design Project

Experimental Design Project information

Project assignment

Week 14

Final Exam

Proctored exam covering lessons 8-13.
NOTE: all lesson work must be submitted before you apply for this exam. To be eligible to test all work needs to be graded.
Any assignment not turned in will result in a grade of O.

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit

Week 15


This course uses the University of Mississippi's Plus/Minus grading scale.
94-100% = A
90-93% = A-
87-89% = B+
84-86% = B
80-83% = B-
77-79% = C+
74-76% = C
70-73% = C-
60-69% = D
0-59% = F


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.