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Psych 120A Cognitive Psychology Spring, 2009 Tues & Thurs 2:00-3:15 What is cognitive psychology? Cog*ni"tion, n. [L. cognitio, fr. cognoscere, cognitum, to become acquainted with, to know; co- + noscere, gnoscere, to get a knowledge of. See Know , v. t.] 1. The act of knowing; knowledge; perception. The branch of psychology that deals with: Knowledge Remembering Thinking Perceiving Talking Why Should You Care? 1. You want to become a cognitive psychologist. 2. You want to know how you work. 3. You are interested in other areas of psychology. 4. Practical applications.
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Why Should You Care? 1. Cognitive Processes involved in coming to 1178 Franz at 2:00PM on Tuesday March 31 st 2. Critical evaluation of the question – does talking on cell phone impair driving ability? Recognize this place?
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Scope of Cognitive Psychology Perception Attention Language Memory Reasoning Thinking How is knowledge acquired? How is knowledge used? How is knowledge retained? Knowledge Study of certain topics Why should we study cognition?
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