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: W 6:00 - 9:05 PM BH224

Phone: (956) 326-2637

Office Hours:  T & R 12:00 - 12:50:00 PM; W 3:00 to 5:50 PM  & By Appointment



Examines the processing systems that underlie human learning, memory and cognition. Involves discussion and critical evaluation of current, historical, and interdisciplinary readings relevant to human memory. Prerequisite: Graduate standing, or permission of the instructor.

1. Critically interpret research articles in the field of human memory and learning.
2. Appraise and contrast the principles (e.g., short-term, long-term, episodic, procedural, and working memory) and logic in human memory research.
3. Compose a literature review on a specific topic in the field human memory and learning.
4. Formulate a theoretically sound research proposal for an original study in the field of human memory and learning

Radvansky, G. A. (2017). Human Memory (3rd Ed.). New York, NY: Routledge (ISBN: 9781138665415; Companion Website).

Note: Additional readings will be determined as the semester progresses. Please check your BlackBoard email correspondence for weekly readings and class updates.

This is a demanding course. There is considerable reading and writing to be done and much to think about. You are expected to master the basic material covered in the readings/discussions and to participate actively in class. The assumption underlying this class is that we are responsible students that want to learn and do high quality work. Some lectures and discussions in the course are designed to supplement the readings. As such, you can expect discussions to present ideas that are not always covered in the readings.

(1). There will be one midterm and a final each worth 100 points consisting of general essay questions. The Midterm will cover only the material for the first part of the course, and the final will be comprehensive, covering the new material and the material from the first part of the class. You may use published material and your own notes in answering midterm questions.

(2). Class will consist of discussions, and in-class activities. Active class discussion is required. The purpose of class discussions is to allow a more in-depth analysis of the issues covered in the assigned weekly readings, particularly discussions of the ways in which these issues apply to problems in everyday life and the study of the human mind. You will be much more prepared for lively discussion during the classroom time if you have read the assigned material prior to the time in which it will be addressed in class.

(3). Discussion Points: By 12:00 PM of every Tuesday, please submit to BlackBoard a set of at least five brief discussion points related to the broad themes  from your textbook and class readings. Discussion points should be empirical or theoretical implications raised by the material that suggest creative connections to other issues, or follow up experiments. Comments must reveal thoughtful reflection on the material in about 500-800 words. Be prepared to discuss the issues you raise and please bring a copy of your discussion points to class. (Discussions points are part of your Participation evaluation). Notice that there is a Cognitive Psychology Facebook Group. You are encoraged to post contributions related to Human Memory or Cognitive Science.

(4) Attendance: Attendance is not only mandatory, but crucial for this course to function well.

(5). Reseach Presentation: A final academic presentation is required (see requirement 6, below, for details). In lieu of the final academic presentation, the student may choose to present a poster or paper at the Lamar Bruni Vergara & Guillermo Benavides Z Spring 2019 Student Academic Conference (see also, www.facebook.com/lbvconference or lbvconference@tamiu.edu) Iff you choose this option, you need to register for the conference. Your grade for the presentation will be based on the score that you obtain from the conference judges plus 10%. For example, if you receive a 90% from the Conference judges, your grade for the presentations would be 90% + 10% = 100%.

(6) Writing Assignment:  A written assigment  of at least 5000 words (about 10 single-spaced pages) worth 100 points with at least 15 (up-to-date) references is due May 6, 2020 at 120:00 AM. Psychology Today and internet sources are not valid references. The emphasis on the research paper will be on your ability to write well (i.e., APA style, 6th ed.), integrate existing literature, and your ability to reason critically and scientifically. This paper will be an independent project (e.g., a proposed set of experiments, or a theoretical review) related to Human Memory. An academic presentation (10-15 minutes) will accompany this proposal (See requirement 5).

(7). As part of your academic and intellectual development, you are required to attend at least two academic presentations (e.g., Academic Conferences: Psychology/Student related) or Psychology Master's Students Theses presentations). Dates will be provided for these presentations. Please check your email messages.

(8). 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 return it to your professor, and remember, A Dustyt Devil does not lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate those who do.

(9). All assignments and requirements  must be completed successfully by the start of the final exam to pass the course. As per TAMIU Regulations,  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 (Midterm + Final) 200 points 200
Participation & Attendance 100 + 50 150
Research Paper 100 100
Research Presentation 100 100

   A = 90-100%, B = 80-89%, Unsatisfactory = 79% and below





FEB 12

Introduction to the Study of Memory/Memory and the Brain

Ch 1-2

FEB 19

Methods & Principles/Sensory Memory

Ch 3-4

FEb 26

STM & Working Memory

Ch 3,5


 Nondeclarative Memory                   

Ch 6

MAR 11

Episodic Memory/Autobiographical Memory

Ch 7, 12

MAR 25


Ch 8








 Semantic Memory

Ch 9

APR 15

 Formal Models of Memory/Memory & Reality

Ch 10, 13

APR 22

Memory & The Law/ Amnesia

Ch 14,18

APR 29

FINAL EXAM at  7:30 PM (Research Proposal Due Date)


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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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.”
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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.

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