Learning and Memory Across the Lifespan

Why do we remember that embarrassing moment from elementary school, but forget to stop by the post office on our way home to mail a letter? How do our memories change from childhood to older adulthood? What are the differences between normal, healthy aging, and clinical conditions of memory, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s?

Biological and cognitive psychology together try to understand some of the great mysteries of the human mind. Using the tools of psychologists and behavioural scientists, explore what we currently know about the cognitive processes involved in learning and memory, and how they develop and change throughout our lives. Learn how psychological principles are applicable to daily life and to the ways we learn, remember and forget.

Week 1: The Scientific Way of Knowing, Learning
Week 2: Memory processes and prospective memory (ProM)
Week 3: Sensory and short-term memory (STM)
Week 4: Long-term memory (LTM), basic neuroanatomy
Week 5: Memory failures/errors
Week 6: Bringing it all together; how to apply course content to older adulthood

Dr. NATASHA PESTONJI-DIXON, PhD, graduated from the Department of Psychology (Cognitive Science stream) at UBC. Her research focuses on the cognitive processes that underlie automatic decision-making. She’s passionate about pedagogy, and helping students apply the material and skills they are learning to their daily lives.

Course Format

This course is 100% online with real-time lectures. Once a week, you participate in a live online lecture of 45–60 minutes, followed by 30–45 minutes of questions and answers with your instructor. Class times are in the Pacific Time Zone. We record every lecture in case you miss one.

Please note: Recorded lectures and course materials are available for one week only after the course ends.

You can participate in the lecture with your video turned on or off, however all students are muted to minimize ambient noise. Students can ask questions using a chat feature, and your instructor answers verbally. You can use your name or an alias when you join the lecture.

This course is hosted on Canvas Catalog, a learning management system, and delivered by Zoom, a web-based video conferencing application. One business day before the course start date, we’ll email you step-by-step instructions for accessing your course.

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