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Course description[edit]

Cognitive Science combines psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, neuropsychology, linguistics, philosophy, and anthropology to study how people think. Students will learn about how cognitive scientists approach problems in a diverse, integrated manner to help us understand how people learn and process, for example, concepts and language.

Wikipedia Article Creation or Revision: 25%. This assignment involves either significantly revising (i.e., rewriting) a current Wikipedia article, or creating a new one. The article will concern either a topic or a prominent researcher in Cognitive Science. You will use the Association for Psychological Science Wikipedia Initiative to do this assignment.

Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

RTDN (talk)
Campus Ambassadors
Online Ambassadors


Week 1, February 13th: Wikipedia Essentials[edit]

In class
Assignments (due February 20th before midnight)
  • Choose a topic, create a Wikipedia account, create a user page, sign up on the list of students on the course page, and sign up and add the course code to the APS Wikipedia Initiative Site (course code = “WesPsychology 313952-000-ken”)
  • Find one journal article on your chosen topic and post its reference to your Wiki Sandbox using the cite menu journal template.
  • This initial step is worth 2% of your final grade and will be marked as complete/incomplete.

Week 2: Reading Week[edit]

  • No assignments.

Week 3: Using sources and Exploring the topic area[edit]

  • Add 1-2 sentences of new information, backed up with a citation to an appropriate source, to your chosen Wikipedia article.
  • Compose a 15 item bibliography of relevant research and post it to the talk page of the article you are working on. Start reading the sources.

Week 4: Drafting starter articles[edit]

  • If you are starting a new article, write a 3–4 paragraph summary version of your article (with citations) in your Wikipedia sandbox. If you are improving an existing article, write a summary version reflecting the content the article will have after it's been improved, and post this along with a brief description of your plans on the article's talk page.
  • Begin working with classmates and Online Ambassadors to polish your short starter article and fix any major transgressions of Wikipedia norms.
  • Continue research in preparation for expanding your article.
  • All students have started editing articles or drafts on Wikipedia.

Week 5: Building Articles[edit]

In class
Wiki assignments
  • Move sandbox articles into main space.
  • Begin expanding your article into a comprehensive treatment of the topic.

Week 6: Building articles and Giving Feedback[edit]

In class or outside of class
Wiki assignments
  • Expand your article into an initial draft of a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
  • Select two classmates' articles that you will peer review and copy-edit.
  • Peer review two of your classmates' articles. Leave suggestions on the article talk pages.
  • Copy-edit the two reviewed articles.
  • All articles have been reviewed by others. All students have reviewed articles by their classmates.

Week 7: Responding to feedback[edit]

In class
Wiki assignments (due week 9)
  • Make edits to your article based on peers' feedback.
  • Nominate your article for Good Article status.

Week 8:[edit]

In class

Wiki assignments (due week 9)
  • Add final touches to you Wikipedia article. Try to address issues from Good Article reviews and peer reviews.

Week 9: Due date[edit]

You made it!

  • Students have finished all their work on Wikipedia that will be considered for grading.


This table will list each article that a student is working on, and which other students will be peer reviewers for the article.

User Article 1st reviewer 2nd reviewer
User:RTDN Affect (psychology) open open
User:Meltamming Dual process theory open open
User:syazdanp Semantic feature-comparison model open open
User:Pilgrim4 Dual-coding theory open open
User:Msingh209 Convergent thinking open open
User:himansh90 Mind-blindness open open
User:RoconnorUWO Cocktail party effect User:Sunny XB User:Studentkittenhead
User:d--pixx Stephen Kosslyn open open
User:Olivea99 Allan Paivio open open
User:S.Alethea Apperceptive agnosia User:Sunny XB User:Nigar Azizli
User:Sunny XB Articulatory suppression open open
User:Xhan45 Atkinson–Shiffrin memory model open open
User:ScottAndrewsUWO Memory consolidation open open
User:Friesdorf Analytical rumination hypothesis open open
User:jbloom3 Serial memory processing open open
User:T.calder Fusiform face area User:Nigar Azizli User:Studentkittenhead
User:Kyle.Farr Attenuation theory open open
User:Mtaylo84 Cannon–Bard theory open open
User:Sijonathan Language deprivation User:JL8U open
User:ValisonLo Capacity model of attention
(Kahneman's model of divided attention)
User:JL8U open
User:JL8U Folk psychology open open
User:IHChu Retroactive interference open open
User:Celestevandervliet James–Lange theory open open
User:Nigar Azizli Feature-integration theory open open
User:Jimmierock User:Jimmierock/sandbox open open
User:Hsokolow Gestalt psychology User:Caracola User:nnevison
User:Caracola Situation models User:nnevison User:Hsokolow
User:nnevison Wilhelm Wundt User:Hsokolow User:Caracola
User:Linnamor Brown–Peterson task open open
User:Cjhodes Supervisory attentional system open open
User:Dpogorsk Agnosia open open
User:Jgrant67 Sublimation (psychology) User:Dpogorsk open
User:Studentkittenhead Associative agnosia open open
User:Soph Elizabeth Dorsolateral prefrontal cortex open open
User:Wall277 Engram (neuropsychology) open open
User:Apaas Equipotentiality open open

Article banners

To mark each article the subject of a student project, add the following code at the top of the talk page for each article: {{ WAP assignment | course = Wikipedia:Canada Education Program/Courses/Cognitive Science (Ken McRae) | university = Western University | term = 2012 Q1 | project = }} That will result in the following banner (and make the articles easy to track):


Wikipedia contributions will be graded as follows:

  • 8%: Creating Wiki user names, signing up on APS site, adding name to Wiki page, adding course to APS, completing 11 APS Tutorials
  • 8%: New sentence(s) and 1 source, 15 item bibliography
  • 12%: Starter article/summary for editing
  • 12%: Peer review
  • 60%: Quality of main Wikipedia contributions


Add your username to the list here using the format for Example User below: