Each day, we use language in many ways. We comprehend and produce speech, we write and read text, and we learn new words as well as learn new languages. This course will address a variety questions that address aspects of the psychology of language. These questions include: How do we produce and recognize speech? How do we perceive words and letters? How do we learn and recall information from texts? How can we improve texts to make them easier to read? How do children learn languages? How does the brain function to process language?
Instructor: Peter W. Foltz
Office: Science Hall 323
Office hours: Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:30, or by appointment
FINAL Grades for the class
Grades for Exam 2
Grades for Exam 1
If you have questions about the grades and/or want to see your exam, please contact Sara or Dr. Foltz
Reminder: No class on Tuesday May 4th and the last exam is on May 6th. Graduate students, your papers are due on the 11th. We will be meeting on the 11th (during the scheduled final exam time) for the graduate students to make their presentations.
I am making available copies of many of the overheads from class. Since there is a fair number of text examples on my overheads, I am now making them available before the lectures, so that you don't have to spend all your time writing down the examples
To get the paper, do the following:
go to: liberes.nmsu.edu and
click: "look up reserves.."
select/click: Foltz, Peter/go
click: link to course web page
enter password: 301
The list will appear with links to full text articles.
Due March 2nd Click here for the assignment
Due February 17th
For your first writing assignment, you will write a short essay (under
250 words) on "Describe McClelland and Rumelhart's Interactive
Activation Model. How does it account for the Word Superiority
To help you, you will use an essay grader/critiquer to give you an idea of the quality of your essay and point out problems with it. To go to the essay grader/critiquer, click here.
You should try to do at least three revisions on your essay. You can then either receive the maximum grade the essay grader gives you, or if you are unhappy with that grade, you can submit your essay to the professor, who will grade it by hand. (Note: there is no guarantee that you will get a higher grade from the professor than from the computer!)
You must complete this assignment by Feb 17th at 5pm (but I highly recommend getting it done before the exam on the 17th!).
To help get familiar with how McClelland and Rumelhart's model works, I recommend going to the following demo: Pandemonium Demo. It will allow you to test out a running version of the Pandemonium model.
NMSU Psychology Department Home page
WWW resources in psychology
Cafe Ole (NMSU Library online catalog and indexes)
Psychology of language home page
You may contact the professor via email by clicking here: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for Dr. Foltz's web page.