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Language and Cognition

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2020/21

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Language and Cognition

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Module Convener

Sotaro Kita

Module Teachers

Olga Feher, James Adelman

Module Aims

The aims of the module are to investigate the biological mechanisms and cognitive processes of human language, as well as the relationship between language and cognition more generally. The module will explore key findings from the fields of psycholinguistics and cognitive science.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • consider language, communication, problem solving, concepts and categorisation in terms of cognitive processes
  • understand and explain key findings from the fields of psycholinguistics and cognitive science
  • discuss key problems in explaining language and cognition
  • describe methods of research on language and cognition
  • critically evaluate theories of language and cognition and their supporting evidence

Assessed by: coursework (short answer questions) (20%), essay (20%) and exam

Module Assessment


Assessed work: Mini Essay

Assessed work: short answer questions





Module Reading List

Boroditsky, L. (2011). How language shapes thought. Scientific American, 304, 62-65. -Casasanto, D. (2009). Embodiment of Abstract Concepts: Good and Bad in Right- and Left-Handers. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 138(3), 351-367. doi: 10.1037/a0015854 -Keysar, B., Barr, D. J., Balin, J. A., & Brauner, J. S. (2000). Taking Perspective in Conversation: The Role of Mutual Knowledge in Comprehension. Psychological Science, 11(1), 32-38. doi: 10.1111/14679280.00211


Loftus, E. F., & Palmer, J. C. (1974). Reconstruction of automobile destruction: An example of the interaction between language and memory. Journal of Verbal Learning and Verbal Behavior, 13, 585-589.