Cognitive Psychology:  

Cognitive psychology is sometimes hard for students to comprehend because they say to themselves, “isn’t all psychology cognitive?”  That’s a smart question, and all psychology does have origins in the brain, but not all psychology is cognitive?

The Chart above identifies the areas of psychology that fall under the purview of cognitive psychologists. 

We’ll focus much of our work on Memory (and emotion).  To intro this, we’ll watch the opening scene from The Dark Knight, upon the conclusion of the scene, download the document linked below and answer the questions:

The Dark Knight

Salter on Memory

Learning Outcomes for Cognitive Level of Analysis

  1. Outline principles that define the cognitive level of analysis
  2. explain how principles that define the cognitive level of analysis may be demonstrated in research
  3. discuss how and why particular research methods are used by cognitive researchers
  4. discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the cognitive level of analysis
  5. evaluate schema theory with reference to research studies
  6. evaluate two models or theories of one cognitive process with reference to research studies
  7. explain how biological factors may affect one cognitive process
  8. discuss how social or cultural factors affect one cognitive process
  9. evaluate the extent to which a cognitive process is reliable
  10. Explain the use of technology in investigating cognitive processes
  11. Evaluate the extent to which cognitive and biological factors interact in emotion
  12. Evaluate one theory of how emotions may affect one cognitive process

 Cultural Affects on Cognition: 

It’s of great interest the extent to which culture affects cognition. This is  in and of itself an entire unit of study, Social Psychology, but here in cognitive psych, we’ll focus specifically on the role of the environment on perception and memory. 

Read the article linked here elucidating a really interesting study by a university of Michigan professor on the role of culture in perception: Nesbitt On Cultural Differences in Perception, China vs. USA:

Then complete the following Learning Helpersociocultural_effects_on_cognition

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