This module is designed to provide you with an introduction to cognitive psychology, or the study of human cognitive processes, with an emphasis on three of those processes – communication, language and memory. Apart from being intrinsically interesting (who isn’t interested in understanding how their own mind works?), there are many practical reasons for taking this module. For example, cognitive psychology is arguably one of the dominant theoretical perspectives in modern psychology, and has provided many of the principles that are important in related fields such as education, learning, forensic psychology and abnormal psychology. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly to you, this module may also have more direct and personal payoffs by showing you how to study more efficiently, remember better, and appreciate the basis for common deficits such as dyslexia or amnesia.