Cog Ch1 - PSY332Cognition Chapter1LectureNotes...

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PSY 332 – Cognition Chapter 1 Lecture Notes Goldstein text, 3 rd  edition Let’s begin with a provocative question: How many hands did Aristotle have? What did you just do? Pay attention to the relevant stimulus Remember some things from the past Search your knowledge base Understand language Produce language Work to solve the question Make a decision Perceive a visual stimulus All in the blink of an eye! Cognitive Psychology is the scientific study of the thinking mind It concerns M ENTAL  F UNCTIONS      such as Perception Attention Memory  Emotions Language Decision making Problem solving Reasoning Understanding these functions allows us to appreciate how we use our minds to Form worldviews and belief systems to effectively navigate our world Create actions (behaviors) to achieve our goals Engage in complex behaviors based on reasoning And do so in every minute of every day The mind is “something to be used” In this light, even “routine” cognitive phenomena (e.g., formulating an answer to the question above, recognizing  the face of a loved one, appreciating a joke, sharing a conversation with a friend, and countless  other behaviors) become  TRULY AMAZING! Two Early Approaches to the Study of Cognition Introspection Behaviorism >>>Primary Challenge for  any  approach:  Cognition is “invisible” One early approach tried to make the invisible visible
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