- Grades 7-11
- Advanced CTY-Level
- History and Social Science
While you read this sentence, your eyes alone are transmitting approximately 10 million pieces of data per second to your brain. Nevertheless, your attention remains focused on these words, you quickly decipher their meaning, and your memory stores make the whole process feel seamless. How is this possible? Cognitive psychology—often referred to as the “science of the mind”—examines how we represent and process information from our environment. It examines the diverse range of cognitive processes, including perception, learning, memory, forgetting, attention, problem-solving, reasoning, and language. You and your classmates will apply core research methodologies to models, principles, and discoveries within the discipline, and investigate the fundamental neurological structures associated with cognitive processes. Through simulations, group discussions, readings, and evaluation of research and theory, you’ll gain an understanding of the ways information is processed, and of your own cognitive illusions, predispositions, and capacities.
Typical Class Size: 16-18
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic cognitive functions based on key research findings
- Examine and distinguish a wide range of cognitive processes including perception, learning, memory, forgetting, attention, problem-solving, reasoning, and language
- Apply critical thinking skills and methods and principles of cognitive psychology research to case studies of human behavior
- Demonstrate communication skills using various oral, written, and digital materials to discuss topics related to human cognition
- Collaborate with peers through simulations, group discussions, and evaluation of research and theory to learn how information is processed, and present a final research project on one of the principles and theories learned in class
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Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Cognitive Psychology: Connecting Mind, Research, and Everyday Experience, E. Bruce Goldstein.
About History and Social Science at CTY
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