Chapter 1-Intro to Cognitive Psychology

Chapter 1-Intro to Cognitive Psychology - Introduction to...

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Introduction to Cognitive Psychology Chapter 1
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Questions to Consider How is cognitive psychology relevant to  everyday experience? Are there practical applications of  cognitive psychology? How is it possible to study the inner  workings of the mind, when we can’t  really see the mind directly? What is the field of cognitive psychology?
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Learning Objectives Challenges of the Field History of the Field Modern Approaches to Studying the  Mind Strategies for Successful Learning
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Cognition and Cognitive Psychology Cognition The mental processes that are involved in  perception, attention, memory, problem  solving, reasoning, and making decisions Cognitive Psychology Branch of psychology concerned with the  scientific study of cognition
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Challenges of Cognitive Ψ Often times, “the processes involved in cognition are  complex and hidden from view” Take a moment and think about all that is happening  around you (perception, attention, memory, reasoning) Complexity examples Stroop effect Described by J.R. Stroop in 1935 Name of word interferes with naming of the color—some  stimuli influence us even when we don’t want them to do  so Angela example in text—revisited grandparent’s and  memories of childhood came back 
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History of Cognitive Ψ 1 st  cognitive psychology experiment, 1868 Franciscus Donders, Dutch physiologist Used  mental chronometry What is mental chronometry? What are 2 ways to measure reaction time? ____________ ____________ Mental processes are ____________ from behavior
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History of Cognitive Ψ 1 st  cognitive psychology experiment, 1868 Franciscus Donders, Dutch physiologist Used  mental chronometry Measures time-course of cognitive processes Measured  reaction time : time b/w presentation of stimulus  and person’s response to that stimulus Simple reaction time Choice reaction time  (push one of two buttons in response  to a stimulus) Inferred mental process of perception Mental response cannot be measured directly, but can be  inferred from behavior (choice reaction time – simple 
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