PSY s338K • Psychology of Reading
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
This is primarily a lecture course in which we will somewhat unevenly survey the psychological research literature and scientific analyses of the process of reading. The perspective is centered in cognitive psychology, with strong influences from cognitive neuroscience and cognitive development.
Issues discussed in some depth include (among others) emergent literacy, linguistic factors (e.g., phonological awareness) influencing early development, characteristics of adult processing (perceptual, lexical, and discourse levels), brain systems involved in reading, and theory of dyslexia and other sources of reading problems. There is no textbook for this course, so we will use published review articles and research reports as our basic source of information.
There will be three or four hour-long tests that together will account for the majority of the grade. These tests combine multiple choice and short answer questions in approximately equal proportion (in terms of impact on the grade).
Additional brief writing assignments will also influence the grade. Regular attendance is expected and poor attendance will have a significant impact on the final grade.
All reading material will be available for download from the class Blackboard site.