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McMaster University
Karin R Humphreys

Psych 3UU3: The Psychology of Language Syllabus: [email protected] --email from McMaster e-mail Instructor: Karin Humphreys TAs: [email protected] Lila Danis [email protected] Barb Fenesi Midterm 1: 15% Jan. 29 (Jan 8, 15, 22, include chapter 1, 2, 3, and 5, and summaries 1 and 2) Midterm 2: 15% Feb 26 (Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, chapters 6, 7 and 9 and include summaries 3, 4, and 5) Midterm 3: 15% Mar 19 Midterms: 2/4 short essay questions (5% each) (approx. 1 page); plus 5 short answer (a sentence or two) questions, worth 1% each Final Exam: 35% There will be an additional 2 short essays (5% each) and 15 short answers (1% each). Weekly reading summaries and questions: 20% (10 weeks: 1%/summary, 1% questions) Essays should have an organization of thought and a decent structure. You need to cite at least a few pieces of evidence (not specific researchers, more just the points—except for the ones we do weekly assignments on). Weekly readings: • For each—write a summary (1 page double spaced) for 1% • Write down at least 3 questions you have about the article 1% • Due in the drop box the night of lecture before 7 Tips for this Class • Reading the textbook and taking good notes is crucial. • You don’t need to know every study but know how evidence works in this field o Understand the progression of thinking • Read the whole section before notes • Take a lot of notes—not everything is on the slides WeeklyArticles • Read the articles critically • Summarize • What is the overall purpose of the research? • How does it fit into the context of its field? Is it, for example, attempting to settle a controversy? Show the validity of a new technique? Open up a new field of inquiry? • Do you agree? P.33 Exams: “Make reference to the findings of…” • Evaluate evidence Language Why is it interesting? What role does it play in our lives? Why should we study it? What would be good to know? • Language is an incredible human invention. • Human civilization would probably be impossible without language. o Can you imagine it without language? Would you need to show each other how to do everything? • Language allows us to transmit information from one brain to another. • Allows us to efficiently communicate information about things that aren’t physically present (inc. distant, past, future, abstract things) o Ie. Justice (language enables abstract ideas) • Allows individuals to communicate, but also allows for the accumulation of information over entire civilizations through time • However, language is really hard. How hard is speaking? In one day, you might say about 20 000 words. You will probably choose from a voc
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