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This subject introduces mathematical modelling of psychological phenomena. It reviews the role of quantification in the development of psychology and provides a broad overview of contemporary mathematical approaches to the representation of psychological phenomena. In addition, the modelling of a number of specific psychological phenomena is examined in depth. In-depth topics will be selected from psychophysics; the foundations of psychological measurement; models for response times; models for memory and attentional processes; judgement and decision-making models; models for motor control; computational models for cognitive processes; psychological scaling and latent variable models; and mathematical models for social and organisational processes.
Intended learning outcomes
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On completion of this subject, students should be able to: critically evaluate the application of mathematical models in applied and theoretical contexts; more clearly communicate the application of mathematical methods to applied problems; identify and solve research problems amenable to mathematical representation.
Last updated: 10 November 2019