Cognitive - Cognitive Neuroscience 4.3.2008 Executive Control Automaticity our brains are to a large extent learning machines that learn to do

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Cognitive Neuroscience 4.3.2008 Executive Control: Automaticity: our brains are to a large extent learning machines, that learn to do things in a more and more automatic way, everything is difficult at first but then we learn and it becomes relatively automaticity. Before you achieve automaticity things are hard you need to pay attention tow hat you are doing, monitor what you’re doin repair mistakes etc. Somethings are automatic you drive everyday to campus, but it’s Sunday and if youre not really thinking you’ll automatically turn into campus instead of going another way, we become disengaged. We need to be able to pay attention and be engaged in cognitive control. Cogntitive control is something that we have that we take for granted. Everytime you sit down and do an experiment and do whatever else just based on your previous experience. It doesn’t really happen with chimpanzees you need to be around for months because chimps can only relly perform things after months of work. Difference between automaticity and control: William james. Working memory: showed central executive as rather undescribed so what do you do? It was only later on, that they defined individual processes that form the central executive or the executive abilities. Functions of the Central executive by Baddeley and Hitch - Dual task performance - Attentional focusing - Attentional switching - Interfacing with long term memory
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSYCH 3903 taught by Professor Repovs during the Spring '08 term at Washington University in St. Louis.

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Cognitive - Cognitive Neuroscience 4.3.2008 Executive Control Automaticity our brains are to a large extent learning machines that learn to do

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