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Unformatted text preview: mental processes Even “simple” tasks we perform every day are amazingly complex a result of brain damage n༆  n༆  Aphasia: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aplTvEQ6ew Our intuitions are often wrong ¨༊  Consider the following examples Do the dimensions of these two tabletops differ? 3 1/17/13 Boundary Extension (see the textbook, pp. 390- 393) “Making the Mysterious Familiar” n༆  Cognitive psychology can help you make sense out of puzzling phenomena, such as: ¨༊  You thought you understood the materials really well, but your test score was much worse than you expected ¨༊  Some people can repeat back more than 80 digits after hearing the sequence just once ¨༊  You still keep typing in your old PIN number at an ATM machine, even though you got the new PIN a few months ago The Aim and Goals of This Course Practical Applications n༆  Cognitive psychology can also be useful for answering the following questions: n༆  ¨༊  To give you an overview of questions, theories, and ¨༊  Is it safe to talk over cell phones while driving? ¨༊  What can we do to remember things better? What can we do to do well on exams? ¨༊  How trustworthy is eyewitness testimony? ¨༊  Are all aspects of second language learning equally difficult? ¨༊  What are the common pitfalls we need to be aware of when we make decisions? The aim of this course is: applications of cognitive psychology n༆  By the end of this course, you should be able to: ¨༊  Discuss what cognitive psychology can tell us about the way we think and understand the world around us ¨༊  Apply research findings and ideas from cognitive psychology to everyday...
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