2023-2024 / PSYC1034-4

Applied cognitive psychology


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in psychology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Christel Devue

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Applied cognitive psychology is concerned with the study of cognitive processes (e.g., memory, perception, attention, decision-making) and how they manifest in the real world and daily tasks (e.g., driving, facial recognition, sports, justice).

This year, we will focus on driving and applications in the sphere of road safety. Students will choose a topic around a cognitive process (e.g., texting while driving and distraction, effect of expertise on driving abilities, perception of speed on different road substrates, mind-wandering while driving, metacognition: impact of beliefs in one's driving abilities, cognitive ageing).

In a first bloc of sessions, students will present a summary of theoretical knowledge around their chosen theme. Each presentation will be followed by Q&A's on the material, discussions and feedback.

In a second bloc of sessions, students will adopt a popularising approach to present the same topic to their peers, based on a flyer they will have created. Here, you will act as a psychologist required to make evidence-based recommendations to a relevant entity (e.g., ministry or other governmental agency) and to inform the public by mean of a flyer. Where relevant, students will be allowed to add elements of information taken from other students' theoretical presentations in their flyer.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this teaching unit, students will be able to:

- Develop a research question and conduct appropriate bibliographical search;

- Summarise the relevant literature;

- Critically apprehend the literature (e.g., reconciling contradicting results, balancing external ann internal validity);

- Formulate informed recommendations in answer to practical questions around cognitive psychology;

- Present complex material adequately to different audience (expert and general public);

- Take knowledge in cognitive psychology into account to present information efficiently (e.g., avoid attentional overload);

- Deliver constructive feedback to peers and display benevolent curiosity.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Psychology of cognition and language (PSYC5868-1 and PSYC5870-1).

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Student presentations, workshops (e.g., literature search, how to present information) and group discussions.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Student presentations, workshops and group discussions.

Recommended or required readings

The teacher will provide reference qrticles. Besides, students will search the relevant literature under the teacher's supervision.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam AND oral exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Out-of-session test(s)

Additional information:

- Theoretical presentation of the chosen topic in class (50% of the final mark).

- Creation of a flyer popularising the chosen topic (30% of the final mark, "report") and presentation of the flyer to the group alongside theoretical rationale (20% of the final mark).

Final versions of flyers will be due one week after each individual presentation.

- Each session missed without justifcation will be penalised by losing 5% of the maximal possible mark (i.e., 1 out of 20 per session). In case you are unable to attend a session for reasons beyond your control (e.g., sickness), please get in touch with the teacher as soon as possible. 

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

First session: Wednesday 21 September 2022. This session will consist of introductions and presentation of the course. We will discuss expectations, thematic interests and organisational aspects (including the choice of a class representative).

The distribution of remaining sessions (presentations and workshops) will depend on the number of students taking part.

Please note that attendance to all sessions is mandatory.




Christel DEVUE: cdevue@uliege.be

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