Free Online Cognitive Psychology Courses from Top Universities

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The University of California at Berkeley, Open University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology provide students with the opportunity to learn about cognitive science online for free. A wide range of topics, including neural coding, language processing and principles of attention are included in these courses.
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Free Cognitive Psychology Courses

Cognitive psychology can be studied online with these free course covering topics like natural language and the computer representation of knowledge, sensation and perception, and human memory. These diverse subjects are available for students at any time.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Online cognitive psychology courses from MIT include pattern recognition for machine vision, and language processing. Topics discussed in the pattern recognition course include biological object recognition and extracting features from images. Students will have access to lecture notes on subjects like density estimation and action recognition, with study materials in the form of videos. Assigned readings from the language processing course will come from books, like Image, Language, Brain, from MIT's press, and periodicals like the Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.

University of California, Berkeley

The free online cognitive psychology course offered by the University of California, Berkeley, is available as an iTunes audio podcast. In this format, 25 lectures are delivered from professor Richard Ivry. Topics covered include transcranial magnetic stimulation, electroencephalography, and neurophysiological research in animals.

Open University

With regard to cognitive psychology, Open University offers an examination of attention. Course topics include auditory and visual attention, the neurology of attention and distraction. This is a ten-hour course for advanced students.

Free Online Cognitive Psychology Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
Pattern Recognition for Machine Vision course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes/videos Yes No Yes
Neural Coding and Perception of Science course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes/labs Yes No Yes
Language Processing course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Natural Language and the Computer Representation of Knowledge course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes/labs Yes No Yes
Sensation and Perception course from MIT Undergraduate Textbook/lecture notes/recitations/problem sets Yes Yes Yes
Human Memory and Learning course from MIT Graduate Text/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Statistical Learning and Application course from MIT Graduate Texts/lecture notes Yes No Yes
Reasonable Conduct in Science course from MIT Graduate Text Yes Yes Yes
Cognitive Science C127 course from UC Berkeley Unspecified Audio lectures No No Yes
Attention course from Open University Advanced Text Yes No Yes

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