Fall 2019 HC 209H: The Science of Learning & Memory

Fall 2019-2020

Professor: Nicole Dudukovic Kuhl

4.00 credits

  • CRN 12742: Monday & Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:20 @ ESL 112

Our memories shape our identities and give meaning to our lives, yet they are not always as reliable as we would like.  In this course, we will explore the successes and failures of our memories by examining key concepts, theories, and methodological approaches for studying human learning and memory.  We will critically evaluate many widely held beliefs about human memory and consider how memory research is sometimes distorted in the popular media. The course will emphasize the ways in which research on learning and memory applies to our everyday lives (e.g., remembering names, how to study more effectively). 

In addition, we will assess how basic memory principles can inform other professions, such as law, education, medicine, and advertising.  By reading scientific literature, examining data, and engaging in class discussions and demonstrations, you will master the fundamentals of the science of learning and memory, in the process becoming a more critical consumer of scientific research and gaining a more nuanced understanding of your own memories.