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cog psych #1 - 03:09 Cognitive Psychology: the study of the...

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03:09 Cognitive Psychology: the study of the structures of the mind and brain that take in,  transform, and use information How do we represent a mental image  ability to create images in mind is very flexible Ex: Bucky doing pullups/pushups  Brain works in similar way to a computer Wax tablets? Analog “pictures”? binary code? Letter R experiment= half shaped correctly half (mental rotation experiment) Do movements of mental images have characteristics similar to movements of real  objects? YES What is the nature of mental imagery ? R experiment  IV=angle of rotation, DV= reaction time o Reaction time is insensitive to angle (for a computer), but not for  humans- shows that mental imagery has some properties of similar  physical properties Gall (1835) phrenol: first modern scientific attempt to develop systematic  understanding of the neural basis of cog functions Assumed skull is shaped to reflect shape of brain, bumps and wrinkles meant  things (FALSE) Idea that cognition happens in the brain- committed to that idea, how to  understand mental activity Ex: conscientiousness: is it a discrete mental faculty? That’s stronger and  weaker depending on the person or is it based on positive reinforcement (cant  be measured) o The way our mind works has nothing to do with how we think (i.e:  there’s no such thing as conscientiousness) Weber’s Law: psychophysics Way we perceive stimuli is related to energy present in stimuli In order to notice change, you have to increase by much more energy (you  can see a flashlight in a dim setting, but it has to be a brighter light for a  person to notice) o Pennies in hand depend how much you start with Introspectionism: the study of conscious mental events by “introspecting
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Titchener- said organs in the body and sensation Problem  variability: one person’s impressions are different from another’s  (different shades of Wisconsin red) o Reliance on conscious: many interesting mental events are 
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