Cognitive Mechanisms Underlying the Perception of Reality

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: Psychology

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students

Cog Mech UnderPercept/Reality

Fall 2018

Taught By: Martin Fagin

Section: A

CRN: 7505

Credits: 4

Research in many areas of psychology suggests that our perceptions (and therefore memories) are, in fact, not terribly dependable. Yet, most people believe with high confidence that their subjective experience of the world is objective fact, which exacerbates issues surrounding social cognition (e.g., interpersonal relationships). This course is not designed to study these cognitive mechanisms historically, or neurologically, but is specifically tailored to look at how these cognitive mechanisms affect perception of reality and all that follows from that. To this end, the course will survey research findings concerning false perceptions/memories (and levels of confidence in them), emotional influences on cognitive processes, stereotyping, social cognition, and interpersonal relationships. Lastly, we will discuss why evolutionary pressures may have led to the selection of cognitive mechanisms that allow for such imperfections. Prerequisite: One Lang fundamentals course or ULEC Introduction to Psychology with a grade of "C" or higher.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: Psychology (LPSY)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Lecture (L)

Max Enrollment: 19

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:52am 2/21/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Monday, Wednesday

Times: 1:50pm - 3:30pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1009

Date Range: 8/27/2018 - 12/12/2018