Analysis: Understanding how to extract knowledge from research

It is important that you are able to read peer reviewed research and understand knowledge contained within. Research can be intimidating because of all the big words, data; tables and other obfuscating details.

However this activity is designed to make you a psychology detective, get your Sherlock Holmes on and demystify research!

This particular piece is relevant to our understanding of the effect of technology on cognition and is a recent study getting a lot of attention: It can be found on the google doc activity linked HERE

Understanding Bias: Applying knowledge

You and a partner will choose 1 of the established biases below. Detailed descriptions of each can be found on the amazing website of the DECISION LAB think tank; an organization with the aim of using behavioural science to make things better

Step 1: Chose 1 of the following Biases to learn about:

***Ikea Effect ***Cognitive Dissonance
***Confirmation Bias ***Availability Heuristic
***Halo Effect ***Bandwagon Effect
***Anchoring ***Self-Serving Bias

Step 2: Prepare a short presentation in accordance with the assignment linked HERE in which you’ll teach the class about your bias.

Click HERE for link to Evaluation RUBRIC !

How Does Emotion Affect Cognition?

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Flash Bulb Memories:

One of the effects of emotion on cognition that we’ll study is the phenomena of “Flash Bulb Memories” The idea was first put forth by Brown and Kulik in 1977.  

Download the PDF below to better understand Flash Bulb Memories and research into them. I’ve highlighted key areas of interest as well as written a note or two about some critical thinking ideas to ponder!

FlashBulb Memory Explained

Understanding Socio Cultural Impacts on Cognition

Download the Learning Helper below and use the articles linked below to facilitate your understanding of the ways in which culture can affect our cognition:

Sociocultural_Effects_on_Cognition

University of Michigan research on the perceptual differences of Americans and Japanese: 

http://www.nytimes.com/library/national/science/health/080800hth-behavior-culture.html

Research on how language can affect cognition: 

http://boingboing.net/2011/08/12/how-language-affects-color-perception.html

Research on how Language affects cognition, but in a contextual sense..great comparison to Nesbitt studies: 

http://pss.sagepub.com/content/26/4/518

Laymen’s Explanation (abstract above):

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/how-the-language-you-speak-changes-your-view-of-the-world-10212854.html

Thinking in a foreign Language helps economic decision making!!

http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2012/04/25/thinking-foreign-language-helps-economic-decision-making

Cross Cultural Analysis of Happiness!! YAY!

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Would you Erase a Memory?

Opening the Door to Editing Memories:  New research at the BLOA may one day give us the option! Read the excellent article below that contains within it excellent research and background information regarding the role of biological processes in memory formation (interaction between physiology and a cognitive process).

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/06/health/research/06brain.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

The Ethics of Erasing Bad Memories from the Atlantic:

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/05/the-ethics-of-erasing-bad-memories/362110/

Read the above articles and consider the following:

  1. The ethical implications
  2. The “real world” application of research you’re familiar with
  3. Other implications not addressed?
  4. Would you have a bad memory erased if you could?!

By reading about the cutting edge of memory research and contemplating it in the above three ways, you’re augmenting your critical thinking! A skill you all need improvement on 😉