Cognition | 2017-2018 Readings

The following [tentative] sequence of topics differs from the one adopted by most textbook writers and instructors. Usually, we start with a bit of method/history (Week 1), and move to sensation (Week 2), attention (Week 4?), object perception (Week 5?), sometimes followed by action/movement, short-term memory, long-term memory, and so forth. A lot of time is often devoted to debates surrounding object/face perception, top-down/bottom-up attentional control. Usually, there is not much time left for topics such as consciousness or narratives. The topic of thinking & reasoning comes much later (supposedly building upon previous topics, but not really). The following is what I’m considering for my cognition course (I’m less attached to the particular references). My selection is guided by the aim to teach students what is most relevant and useful in Cognitive Psychology, and the lines of thinking in this subdiscipline that more readily connect with other disciplines and subdiscipline of Psychology.

Week 1: Consciousness

Baumeister, R. F., Masicampo, E. J., & Vohs, K. D. (2011). Do conscious thoughts cause behavior? Annual Review of Psychology, 62, 331-361.

Week 2: Decision Making

Newell, B. R., & Shanks, D. R. (2014). Unconscious influences on decision making: A critical review. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 1-19.

Week 3: Problem Solving

Kounios, J., & Beeman, M. (2009). The “Aha!” moment: The cognitive neuroscience of insight.  Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 210-216.

Week 4: Narratives

Oatley, K. (2016). Fiction: Simulation of social worlds. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20, 618-628.

Week 5: Writing

Oatley, K., & Djikic, M. (2008). Writing as thinking. Review of General Psychology, 12, 9-27.

Week 6: Self

Sui, J., & Humphreys, G. W. (2015). The integrative self: how self-reference integrates perception and memory. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 719-728.

Week 7: Memory

Hasson, U., Chen, J., & Honey, C. J. (2015). Hierarchical process memory: memory as an integral component of information processing. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 304-313.

Week 8: Language

Carruthers, P. (2002). The cognitive functions of language. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25, 657-674.

Week 9: Action

Hommel, B. (2017). Goal-directed actions. In M. Waldmann (Ed.), Handbook of Causal Reasoning. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Week 10: Perception

Kravitz, D. J., Saleem, K. S., Baker, C. I., Ungerleider, L. G., & Mishkin, M. (2013). The ventral visual pathway: an expanded neural framework for the processing of object quality. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17, 26-49.

Week 11: Attention

Awh, E., Belopolsky, A. V., & Theeuwes, J. (2012). Top-down versus bottom-up attentional control: A failed theoretical dichotomy. Trends in cognitive sciences, 16, 437-443.

Week 12: Emotion

LeDoux, J. (2012). Rethinking the emotional brain. Neuron, 73, 653-676.

Neuropsychology | Readings


Weeks 1-3: Emotion

Rolls, E. T. (2000). Précis of The brain and emotion. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 23, 177-191.

Lindquist, K. A., Wager, T. D., Kober, H., Bliss-Moreau, E., & Barrett, L. F. (2012). The brain basis of emotion: a meta-analytic review. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 121-143.

Lane, R. D., Ryan, L., Nadel, L., & Greenberg, L. (2015). Memory reconsolidation, emotional arousal, and the process of change in psychotherapy: New insights from brain science. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 38, 1-64.

Weeks 4-6: Social Interaction

Cook, R., Bird, G., Catmur, C., Press, C., & Heyes, C. (2014). Mirror neurons: From origin to function. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 37, 177-192.

Feldman, R. (2017). The Neurobiology of Human Attachments. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21, 80-99.

Preston, S. D., & De Waal, F. B. (2002). Empathy: Its ultimate and proximate bases. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25, 1-20.

Weeks 7-9: Perception and Memory

Kravitz, D. J., Saleem, K. S., Baker, C. I., Ungerleider, L. G., & Mishkin, M. (2013). The ventral visual pathway: an expanded neural framework for the processing of object quality. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17, 26-49.

Luck, S. J., & Vogel, E. K. (2013). Visual working memory capacity: from psychophysics and neurobiology to individual differences. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17, 391-400.

Hasson, U., Chen, J., & Honey, C. J. (2015). Hierarchical process memory: memory as an integral component of information processing. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 19, 304-313.

Weeks 10-12: Personality

Depue, R. A., & Collins, P. F. (1999). Neurobiology of the structure of personality: Dopamine, facilitation of incentive motivation, and extraversion. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 22, 491-517.

Depue, R. A., & Morrone-Strupinsky, J. V. (2005). A neurobehavioral model of affiliative bonding: Implications for conceptualizing a human trait of affiliation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28, 313-349.

Jung, R. E., & Haier, R. J. (2007). The Parieto-Frontal Integration Theory (P-FIT) of intelligence: converging neuroimaging evidence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 30, 135-154.

Systems & Theories | Readings

Weeks 1-2: Groundwork

Noë, A. (2017a). Strange tools: Art and human nature: A précis. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research94, 211-213.

Noë, A. (2017b). Art and entanglement in strange tools: Reply to Noël Carroll, A.W. Eaton, and Paul Guyer. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research94, 238-250.

Green, C.D. (2015). Why Psychology isn’t unified, and probably never will be. Review of General Psychology, 19, 207-214.

Bergner, R.M. (2010). What is descriptive psychology? An introduction. In K. Davis, F. Lubuguin, & W. Schwartz (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology, Vol. 9 (pp. 325–360). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.

Hibberd, F. (2014). The metaphysical basis of a process psychology. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 34, 161-186.

Weeks 3-5: Methodology

Gozli, D.G. & Deng, W. (in press). Building blocks of psychology: On remaking the unkept promises of early schools. Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science.

Tafreshi, D., Slaney, K. L., & Neufeld, S. D. (2016). Quantification in psychology: Critical analysis of an unreflective practice. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 36, 233-249.

Michell, J. (2013). Constructs, inferences, and mental measurement. New Ideas in Psychology, 31, 13-21.

Giorgi, A. (2013). Reflections on the status and direction of Psychology: An external historical perspective. Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 44, 244-261.

Wertz, F. J. (2014). Qualitative inquiry in the history of psychology. Qualitative Psychology, 1, 4-16.

Smedslund, J. (2009). The mismatch between current research methods and the nature of psychological phenomena: What researchers must learn from practitioners. Theory & Psychology19, 778-794.

Smedslund, J. (2012). The bricoleur model of psychological practice. Theory & Psychology22, 643-657.

Smedslund, J. (2012). What follows from what we all know about human beings. Theory & Psychology22, 658-668.

Week 6: Behaviour

Bergner, R.M. (2016). What is behaviour? And why is it not reducible to biological states of affairs? Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 36, 41-55.

Gozli, D.G. (in press). Behaviour versus performance: The veiled commitment of experimental psychology. Theory & Psychology.

Marken, R. S. (2009). You say you had a revolution: Methodological foundations of closed-loop psychology. Review of General Psychology, 13, 137-145.

Week 7: Person

Bergner, R.M. (in press). What is a person?  What is the self? Formulations for a science of psychology.  Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology.

DeYoung, C.G. (2015). Cybernetic big five theory. Journal of Research in Personality, 56, 33-58.

Lamiell, J. T. (2000). A periodic table of personality elements? The” Big Five” and trait” psychology” in critical perspective. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 20, 1-24.

Weeks 8-9: Goals

Hommel, B. (2015). Between persistence and flexibility: The Yin and Yang of action control. In: A.J. Elliot (ed.), Advances in Motivation Science, Vol. 2 (pp. 33-67). New York: Elsevier.

Brandtstädter, J., & Rothermund, K. (2002). The life-course dynamics of goal pursuit and goal adjustment: A two-process framework. Developmental Review, 22, 117-150.

Powers, W. T. (1998). Making Sense of Behavior. New Canaan, CT: Benchmark. (Read chapters 1-3)

Pressing, J. (1984). Cognitive processes in improvisation. Advances in Psychology, 19, 345-363.

Week 10: Games

Berne, E. (1964). Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships. (Read chapter 5)

Goffman, E. (1956). The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. (Read chapter 1)

Billig, M. (1996). Arguing and thinking: A rhetorical approach to social psychology. Cambridge University Press. (Read chapter 2)

Weeks 11-12: Meaning

Peterson, J. B. (1999). Précis of Maps of meaning: The architecture of Belief. Psycoloquy, 10, 1-31.

Bergner, R. M. (1998). Therapeutic approaches to problems of meaninglessness. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 52, 72-87.

Bergner, R. M. (2005). World reconstruction in psychotherapy. American Journal of Psychotherapy, 59, 333-349.