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!

Cross_Cultural_Happiness_analysis

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 😉

Rethinking Milgrim and Obedience

Perhaps the most famous experiment in all of cognitive and social psychology, Stanley Milgrim’s Obedience Research has been replicated in various cultures, times and context.  However his original research is getting looked at in a new light given the opening of his archives at YALE.  Read the article below and we’ll discuss if we should rethink his results or if they’re just as robust as ever.

http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/01/rethinking-one-of-psychologys-most-infamous-experiments/384913/

 

Stress: Portrait of a Killer

 

As we watch the National Geographic Documentary, Stress: Portrait of a Killer you must follow along actively using the following note taking guide custom designed JUST FOR YOU!!! Awesome! 

Stress Portrait of a Killer Video Notes

Also, make sure you’re taking in all the above while simultaneously considering the research and corresponding thesis put forth by Kelly Mcgonigal (http://kellymcgonigal.com) regarding mindset and stress.

Below is a Stanford Report article highlighting the main findings of Robert Sapolsky regarding stress’ physiological effects: 

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2001/february21/aaassapolsky-221.html