Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

By Prof. Naveen Kashyap   |   IIT Guwahati
Learners enrolled: 4867
One of the most puzzling fact for humans over the centuries has been the understanding of human behavior. Understanding and predicting human behavior will helps humans in exerting more control over situations. The bases of human behavior are the cognitive processes underlying them. The present course is an attempt to discuss and understand the basic cognitive processes that guide human behavior. The knowledge from the course will be useful in tackling everyday problems and attaining optimal solutions. Additionally, we can use knowledge about human cognitive systems in designing sophisticated Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems that learn from mistakes and make our lives a lot easier to live.

PREREQUISITES : Not Applicable
INDUSTRY SUPPORT : Not applicable
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 24 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Topic: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
 Week 1: History, Theory and Research in Human Cognition 
Topic: Basic Cognitive Processes
 Week 2: Object Perception and Recognition 
 Week 3: Attentional Processes and cognition 
 Week 4: Memory Introduction 
 Week 5: Long Term Memory
Topic: Organizational Knowledge
 Week 6: Memory of general knowledge 
 Week 7: Concept Formation 
 Week 8: Visual and Spatial Memory 
Topic: The Use of Knowledge
 Week 9: Human language skills 
 Week 10: Thought process and Problem Solving 
 Week 11: Reasoning 
 Week 12: Decision Making 

Books and references

  • Kathleen Galotti, Cognitive Psychology, Cengage Learning
  • Robert Stenberg, Applied Cognitive Psychology, Cengage Learning
  • Bridger Riegler, Cognitive Psychology, Pearson Press
  • Stephen Kosslyn, Cognitive Psychology, PHI Press

Instructor bio

Prof. Naveen Kashyap

IIT Guwahati
Naveen Kashyap, Ph.D is as Associate Professor of Psychology at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. His research interests are sleep and human cognitive processes. Dr Kashyap has been teaching courses like cognitive psychology, introduction to psychology, consumer psychology, advance cognitive process and research methodology to UG and PG students of IITG Guwahati for the past 10 years.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Guwahati .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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