Professor: Roberto R. Heredia., Ph.D.

URL: https://www.tamiu.edu/coas/psy/heredia/

Office: CNS 205B

E-mail: rheredia@tamiu.edu

Class Time & Place: TBA

Phone: (956) 326-2637

Virtual Office Hours: M-R 11:00 PM - 1:00 PM or By Appointment


This course familiarizes the student with the general principles of learning and memory by examining various learning theories, memory research, perception, information processing and problem solving.

Course Objectives: After completing this course, the student should:
1). demonstrate basic level knowledge in the scientific study of learning and memory.
2). demonstrate basic understanding of the information processing approach as it relates to memory encoding, storage, and retrieval.
3). demonstrate basic understanding of the different types of memory systems (Semantic, Episodic, & Procedural) of the human mind.
4). further develop the student's experimental and analytical skills.

Previous successful completion of Introduction to Psychology (Psyc 1301 or 2301) or permission of instructor.

Schwartz, B. L. (2018). Memory: Foundations and applications (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. (ISBN: 9781506326535)

Research Materials (EyeTrack, Pupil, DMX, OpenSesame, PsyScope, E-Prime Scripts, PsyScope Scripts, TestMyBrain, WebExp) can be downloaded by visiting Experimental Materials for Cognitive Scientists! for all computer platforms (Linux, Mac, Windows), and Classic Memory Demos.

The assumption underlying this class is that we are responsible students and that we want to learn about the cognitive architecture of the human mind. The goal of lecture(s) will be to present topics from each chapter to give you a flavor for the various domains of human memory and learning. Lecture will also be used to help reinforce important or difficult topics by providing examples, video clips, and demonstrations that illustrate psychological principles. To increase your understanding of the scientific process, we will also discuss experiments that test predictions made by psychological theories. At times, I may introduce material in lecture that goes beyond your text, so it is important to attend lecture and take good notes.

As rightly pointed out by Linden (2007), I will Imagine that [my] audience has [some] knowledge [in Human Memory] but infinite intelligence (Prologue: The accidental mind: How brain evolution has given us love, memory, dreams, and god).

1). Each of the two exams will cover only the material since the last exam (except to the extent that the previous material is necessary for understanding the new material).
2). Exams will be multiple choice and short answer essays requiring conceptual understanding of theories, research findings, and methodological issues covered in class.
3). The final Examination will be comprehensive and will contain a written component (see Policies of the College of Arts & Sciences).
4). No Exam make-ups will be allowed. Please assure that you frequently check Blackboard for class informaiton and official messages.
5). This course requires the use of RESPONDUS LOCKDOWN BROWSER (FREE) AND MONITOR (Webcam; $15 FEE) for online exams. The webcam can be built into your computer or can be the type that plugs in with a USB cable. Watch this short video to get a basic understanding of LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor (the webcam feature). A student Quick Start Guide (PDF) is also available. Click here for further information.

Keep an Academic Memory Diary about your memories throughout the day/night. This should be fun! As you wake up, see if you can remember and classify your memories about your dreams and if you notice any patterns (i.e., work or school related, about yourself, your family, and whether the memory is in Spanish/English). If you dream in Spanish or English (or both!), see if you notice any patterns in relation to the two languages (e.g., the smell of onion reminds me of my home town's mercado [original memory in Spanish]; how confident am I that it occurred in Spanish, on a 0 = Not Confident to 10 = very confident scale? I would choose 9.9 that the original memory was in Spanish). The first page of your memory diary should include information about your first and second languages. At the end of the course, you will be asked to turn in your Academic Memory Diary. Your Memory Diary, of at least 2100 words (excluding title page: Page 1 should include your name, date, and class information), is due AUG 3, 2020 @12:00 PM. Please turn it in using Blackboard's turnitin. Please assure that you write grammatically and semantically felicitous sentences. Your Academic memry Diary provides another opportunity for you to summarize the main points of the lectures/readings/discussions about memory. The final grade on your Academic Memory Diary will depend on your entries and how those entries correspond with the topics covered in class. If you wait until the last minute to to write and complete your Academic Memory Diary, your grade will be significantly affected. It is expected that you continue to write until the due data of your Academic Memory Diary.

1). Class lectures can be accessed from BlackBoard Collaborate. It will be more beneficial if you read the required chapters before accessing the recorded lectures.
2). Class lectures can be accesed from the Schedule of Classes table below, Readings column.
3). It is expected that you will neither give nor receive any unauthorized aid for all tests and assignments in this class. Unauthorized aid is defined as, but not limited to, the use of your notes, textbooks, the internet, or people. All students are required to read and understand Dusty Devil's HONOR CODE, complete the HONOR CODE FORM and turn it in to your professor (Note: You will not have access to exams/quizzes unless you turn in the Honor Code Form signed), and remember, A Dusty Devil does not lie, cheat, or steal, or tolerate those who do!.
4). All assignments and requirements must be completed successfully by the start of the final exam to pass the course. As per COAS Regulations (see below), all electronic communication with students will take place via the TAMIU email system. The instructor will ONLY respond to and send messages to TAMIU email addresses. Students must check their TAMIU email accounts regularly. In general, students can expect responses to email messages within 24/48 hours.


2 Examinations

@ 200 Points

400 Points (57% of grade)

1 Final Exam

@ 200 Points

200 Points (28% of grade)

Memory Diary

@ 100 Points

100 points (14% of grade)

TOTAL POSSIBLE POINTS: 700 (Grade distribution in percentages [%s])

A = 90–100; B = 80–89; C = 70–79; D = 60–69; F = 59 and below





JUL 06-07

Introduction to the Study of Memory/Memory and the Brain

Ch 1-2

JUL 08-09

Short Term Memory (STM)

Ch 3

JUL 13-14

Working Memory

Ch 3.1

JUL 15-16

Episodic Memory Organizing and Remembering/Long Term Memory (LTM)

Ch 4, 4.1

JUL 20



JUL 21-22

Semantic Memory and Stored Knowledge

Ch 5, 5.1

JUL 23

Visual Memory

Ch 6, 6.1

JUL 27

Autobiographical Memory

Ch 7, 7.1

JUL 28-29

False Memories/Eye Witness Testimony

Ch 8, 8.1





Meta Memory

Ch 9


Memory Disorders/Amnesia

Ch 10


Mnemonics: Improving Memory/Memory in Older Adults/Aging

Ch 12, 13 




NOTE: The above schedule and procedures in this course are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.

(Current as of 13 Dec 2019)

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According to University policy, acceptable reasons for an absence, which cannot affect a student’s grade, include:

• Participation in an authorized University activity.
• Death or major illness in a student’s immediate family.
• Illness of a dependent family member.
• Participation in legal proceedings or administrative procedures that require a student’s presence.
• Religious holy day.
• Illness that is too severe or contagious for the student to attend class.
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• Mandatory admission interviews for professional or graduate school which cannot be rescheduled.

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Plagiarism is the presentation of someone else’s work as your own. It occurs when you:
1) Borrow someone else’s facts, ideas, or opinions and put them entirely in your own words, you must acknowledge that these thoughts are not your own by immediately citing the source in your paper. Failure to do this is plagiarism.
2) Borrow someone else’s words (short phrases, clauses, or sentences), you must enclose the copied words in quotation marks as well as citing the source. Failure to do this is plagiarism.
3) Present someone else’s paper or exam (stolen, borrowed, or bought) as your own, you have committed a clearly intentional form of intellectual theft and have put your academic future in jeopardy. This is the worst form of plagiarism.

Here is another explanation from the 2010, sixth edition of the Manual of The American Psychological Association (APA):
Plagiarism: Researchers do not claim the words and ideas of another as their own; they give credit where credit is due. Quotations marks should be used to indicate the exact words of another. Each time you paraphrase another author (i.e., summarize a passage or rearrange the order of a sentence and change some of the words), you need to credit the source in the text.

The key element of this principle is that authors do not present the work of another as if it were their own words. This can extend to ideas as well as written words. If authors model a study after one done by someone else, the originating author should be given credit. If the rationale for a study was suggested in the Discussion section of someone else's article, the person should be given credit. Given the free exchange of ideas, which is very important for the health of intellectual discourse, authors may not know where an idea for a study originated. If authors do know, however, they should acknowledge the source; this includes personal communications (pp. 15-16).

Consult the Writing Center or a recommended guide to documentation and research such as the Manual of the APA or the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers for guidance on proper documentation. If you still have doubts concerning proper documentation, seek advice from your instructor prior to submitting a final draft.

Penalties for Plagiarism: Should a faculty member discover that a student has committed plagiarism, the student should receive a grade of 'F' in that course and the matter will be referred to the Honor Council for possible disciplinary action. The faculty member, however, may elect to give freshmen and sophomore students a “zero” for the assignment and to allow them to revise the assignment up to a grade of “F” (50%) if they believe that the student plagiarized out of ignorance or carelessness and not out of an attempt to deceive in order to earn an unmerited grade. This option should not be available to juniors, seniors, or graduate students, who cannot reasonably claim ignorance of documentation rules as an excuse.
Caution: Be very careful what you upload to Turnitin or send to your professor for evaluation. Whatever you upload for evaluation will be considered your final, approved draft. If it is plagiarized, you will be held responsible. The excuse that it was only a draft will not be accepted.
Caution: Also, do not share your electronic files with others. If you do, you are responsible for the possible consequences. If another student takes your file of a paper and changes the name to his or her name and submits it and you also submit the paper, we will hold both of you responsible for plagiarism. It is impossible for us to know with certainty who wrote the paper and who stole it. And, of course, we cannot know if there was collusion between you and the other student in the matter.
Penalties for Cheating: Should a faculty member discover a student cheating on an exam or quiz or other class project, the student should receive a “zero” for the assignment and not be allowed to make the assignment up. The incident should be reported to the chair of the department and to the Honor Council. If the cheating is extensive, however, or if the assignment constitutes a major grade for the course (e.g., a final exam), or if the student has cheated in the past, the student should receive an “F” in the course, and the matter should be referred to the Honor Council. Under no circumstances should a student who deserves an “F” in the course be allowed to withdraw from the course with a “W.”
Student Right of Appeal: Faculty will notify students immediately via the student’s TAMIU e-mail account that they have submitted plagiarized work. Students have the right to appeal a faculty member’s charge of academic dishonesty by notifying the TAMIU Honor Council of their intent to appeal as long as the notification of appeal comes within 10 business days of the faculty member’s e-mail message to the student. The Student Handbook provides more details.

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TAMIU advises a pregnant/parenting student to notify their professor once the student is aware that accommodations for such will be necessary. It is recommended that the student and professor develop a reasonable plan for the student’s completion of missed coursework or assignments. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity (Lorissa M. Cortez, lorissam.cortez@tamiu.edu) can assist the student and professor in working out the reasonable accommodations.. For other questions or concerns regarding Title IX compliance related to pregnant/parenting students at the University, contact the Title IX Coordinator. In the event that a student will need a leave of absence for a substantial period of time, TAMIU University urges the student to consider a Leave of Absence (LOA) as outlined in the TAMIU Student Handbook. As part of our efforts to assist and encourage all students towards graduation, TAMIU provides LOA’s for students, including pregnant/parenting students, in accordance with the Attendance Rule and the Student LOA Rule. Both rules can be found in the TAMIU Student Handbook (https://www.tamiu.edu/scce/studenthandbook.shtml).

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Students who are unable to complete a course should withdraw from the course before the final date for withdrawal and receive a “W.” To qualify for an “incomplete” and thus have the opportunity to complete the course at a later date, a student must meet the following criteria:

1) The student must have completed 90% of the course work assigned before the final date for withdrawing from a course with a “W”, and the student must be passing the course;
2) The student cannot complete the course because an accident, an illness, or a traumatic personal or family event occurred after the final date for withdrawal from a course;
3) The student must sign an “Incomplete Grade Contract” and secure signatures of approval from the professor and the college dean.
4) The student must agree to complete the missing course work before the end of the next long semester; failure to meet this deadline will cause the “I” to automatically be converted to an “F”; extensions to this deadline may be granted by the dean of the college.

This is the general policy regarding the circumstances under which an “incomplete” may be granted, but under exceptional circumstances, a student may receive an incomplete who does not meet all of the criteria above if the faculty member, department chair, and dean recommend it.

WIN Contracts are offered only under exceptional circumstances and are limited to seniors. Only courses offered by full-time TAMIU faculty or TAMIU instructors are eligible to be contracted for the WIN requirement. However, a WIN contract for a course taught by an adjunct may be approved, with special permission from the department chair and dean. Students must seek approval before beginning any work for the WIN Contract. No student will contract more than one course per semester. Summer WIN Contracts must continue through both summer sessions.

It is the responsibility of the STUDENT to drop the course before the final date for withdrawal from a course. Faculty members, in fact, may not drop a student from a course without getting the approval of their department chair and dean.

Independent Study (IS) courses are offered only under exceptional circumstances. Required courses intended to build academic skills may not be taken as IS (e.g., clinical supervision and internships). No student will take more than one IS course per semester. Moreover, IS courses are limited to seniors and graduate students. Summer IS course must continue through both summer sessions.

Faculty are authorized to change final grades only when they have committed a computational error or an error in recording a grade, and they must receive the approval of their department chairs and the dean to change the grade. As part of that approval, they must attach a detailed explanation of the reason for the mistake. Only in rare cases would another reason be entertained as legitimate for a grade change. A student who is unhappy with his or her grade on an assignment must discuss the situation with the faculty member teaching the course. If students believe that they have been graded unfairly, they have the right to appeal the grade using a grade appeal process in the Student Handbook and the Faculty Handbook.

Final Examination must be comprehensive and must contain a written component. The written component should comprise at least 20% of the final exam grade. Exceptions to this policy must receive the approval of the department chair and the dean at the beginning of the semester.