Learning and Cognition Handbook

The primary goal of the Learning and Cognition Handbook assignment is
to integrate concepts from the discipline of learning and cognitive
psychology into a usable and professional guide that is designed for a
specific audience based on your career goals. The purpose of this
handbook is to share helpful strategies and apply what you have learned
from the course to six major topics in the field. You will incorporate
your findings from required sources and the relevant sources you
researched in the Week 2 Discipline-Based Literature Review, as well as
those from the Week 3 Assignment: Choosing Your Focus.

To complete this assignment, you may utilize the Learning and Cognition Handbook templatePreview the document
or create your own using the template as a guide. Your handbook should
include the sections listed below, incorporating a minimum of one visual
(e.g., table, figure, or image (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.)
with a maximum of five visuals per section. Each image must be
retrieved and cited based on current copyright laws. You may wish to use
the Where to Get Free ImagesPreview the document guide for assistance with accessing freely available public domain and/or Creative Commons licensed images.

Handbook Sections:

Table of Contents
List all sections and subsections included in the handbook with the applicable page numbers.

Preface (100 to 150 words)
Provide an overview of the handbook and its potential use by your chosen audience.

Introduction to the Major Topics (200 to 300 words)
an introductory summary of the six topics listed below and discuss any
careers in psychology specifically related to at least one of them:

  • Traditional learning theories: Operant and classical conditioning
  • Traditional learning theories: Behaviorism and social learning theory
  • Attention and memory
  • Decision-Making
  • Language acquisition
  • Organizational and lifelong learning

Describe how one or more of these areas may be connected to your future career goals.

Major Topics (1 to 2 pages for each major topic)
the extent to which the six major topics of learning and cognition
affect related sub-topics by synthesizing the course learning principles
and/or theories. Consider how these sub-topics may be related to your
future career goals. For instance, if you intend to become an applied
behavior analyst, behaviorism and related technique for learning may be
directly connected to your future role. For each major topic, apply
basic research methods and skeptical inquiry to explain the theoretical
perspectives and empirical research that substantiate the relationship
between the topic and at least two related sub-topics. In your review,
consider how these topic and sub-topics are directly connected to
evaluations and interventions in psychology practice in various fields.
Focus on the areas most related to your future area of practice, paying
particular attention to how theories are examined in research studies.
The following are some sub-topics to consider:

  • Comprehension
  • Operant and classical conditioning
  • Behaviorism
  • Social learning theory
  • Problem solving
  • Memory development/retention
  • Lifelong learning
  • Individual and group learning
  • Organizational learning
  • Mentorship
  • Apprenticeship models of learning
  • Effects of demographic differences (e.g., gender, socioeconomics, religious affiliation, race) on learning

Although creative liberties are encouraged, all information
incorporated should be supported and professionally presented through
the consistent application of ethical principles and adherence to
professional standards of learning and cognition psychology as applied
to the chosen audience.

Conclusion (200 to 300 words)
Summarize the
importance of the topics within the learning and cognition domain and
their applicability within the psychology profession for the chosen

Attention Students: The Masters of Arts in Psychology program is
utilizing the Pathbrite portfolio tool as a repository for student
scholarly work in the form of signature assignments completed within the
program. After receiving feedback for this Learning and Cognition
Handbook, please implement any changes recommended by the instructor,
and go to Pathbrite (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. to upload the revised Learning and Cognition Handbook to the portfolio. (Use the Pathbrite Quick-Start GuidePreview the document
to create an account if you do not already have one.) The upload of
signature assignments will take place after completing each course. Be
certain to upload revised signature assignments throughout the program
as the portfolio and its contents will be used in other courses and may
be used by individual students as a professional resource tool. See the Pathbrite (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. website for information and further instructions on using this portfolio tool.

The Learning and Cognition Handbook

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