Visual Ambiguity Presentation

Slide 2 Notes The visual system operates on a set of assumptions or visual cues from the environment that help bring meaning and organization to the images that we perceive visually. In order to better understand the ambiguity between the physical object in the environment and the visual representation of the object in our brain,... Continue Reading →

Problem Solving and Decision Making Presentation

Slide 1 Notes Problem Solving and Decision Making—Authored by Coy Stoker for PSY360 Cognitive Psychology while attending the University of Phoenix. Slide 2 Notes The personal, psychological representation of problem solving and decision making is mediated by several mental constructs, least of which the logic of Western thought as formulated by Aristotelian syllogistic thought (Syllogism,... Continue Reading →

Phineas Gage Paper

At the age of 25, Phineas Gage was a bright, promising foreman working for the Rutland and Burlington railroad in Cavendish, Vermont. As was the practice of the times, the tamping powder was used to blast drill holes for the preparation of laying track (Wickens, 2005). Gage was using a tamping rod to compact the... Continue Reading →

The Process of Memory from Perception to Retrieval

Using the text, Cognition: The Thinking Animal, the University Library, the Internet, and/or other resources, answer the following questions. Your response to each question should be at least 150 words in length. 1. What is primary memory? What are the characteristics of primary memory? Primary memory is more commonly known as short-term memory. Primary memory is... Continue Reading →

The Key Features of Language

When a dog barks, a cat meows, a cow moos, or a chicken clucks there is little doubt that some form of communication is taking place, but do these sounds constituted language? According to the standard definition of language, the answer is simply “no”. Communication must be communicative, arbitrary, structured, generative and dynamic to be... Continue Reading →

Cognitive Psychology Definition Paper

The cognitive approach to human and comparative psychology rests on two main assumptions: 1) there are cognitive representations and processes that act on those representations 2) we can discover these representations and processes, albeit indirectly (Willingham, 2007). This approach offers a middle ground between B.F. Skinner’s cut-and-dry input-output relations and C.L. Hull’s hypothetical constructs and... Continue Reading →

How To Define the Concept of Attention

Using the text, Cognition: The Thinking Animal, the University Library, the Internet, and/or other resources, answer the following questions. Your response to each question should be at least 150 words in length. 1. How do you define the concept of attention? I related particularly well to the analogy of attention as a spotlight. In my life,... Continue Reading →

What Factors Affect Language Acquisition

What factors affect language acquisition? Which factor do you believe has the largest influence on language acquisition? Explain why. Your initial response is due by Day 2. It appears that there is a critical period in which language can be easily learned, and that outside of that critical period language is much harder to learn.... Continue Reading →

Primary and Secondary Memory

This week I learned a lot about primary and secondary memory. I had already studied short-term vs. long-term memory in other psychology classes, as well as Ebbinghaus’ nonsense syllables. After reading about the working memory model Ebbinghaus’ theories seem simplistic. The cognitive perspective is supposed to be modeled after our understanding of computer architecture, but... Continue Reading →

What Were You Doing on 9/11?

Why can you remember what you were doing when catastrophes occurred (e.g., terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, the Challenger disaster, assassination of John F. Kennedy)? Your initial response is due by Day 4. I think this goes back to our understanding of the way in which long-term memory, or secondary memory,... Continue Reading →

Is Attention a Limited Resource?

Is attention a limited resource? Explain why or why not. Your initial response is due by Day 4. Attention is a limited resource, as far as awareness is concerned; however, the processing of physical characteristics and even some processing of semantics takes place all of the time below the level of awareness (Willingham, 2007). So,... Continue Reading →

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