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Week 1, Lecture 1

by: Leslea Motley

Week 1, Lecture 1 4100

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Notes cover: - Definition of Cognitive Psychology - Cognitive processes - Study techniques to improve learning and memory
Cognitive Psychology
Kara Dyckman
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cognition, cognitive, Psychology
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Leslea Motley on Thursday August 18, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to 4100 at University of Georgia taught by Kara Dyckman in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 10 views. For similar materials see Cognitive Psychology in Psychology (PSYC) at University of Georgia.

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Date Created: 08/18/16
INTRO CLASS 08/11/2016  Go through faculty directory, email them and grad students asking if they are looking for grad students - we can talk about questions about this throughout the semester  Memory test video – “SSS (5 of 14) False memory and Eyewitness Testimony”  Discussion of lost memories and false memories (remembering things that do not actually exist)  What is cognitive psych? o Scientific study of how humans think o In parts – “scientific study” – people have been thinking about how people think for a long time, but it is one thing to think about this and another to design a scientific method for testing cognitive factors o Study of psychology is all about how humans behave, but cognitive psych is about the behavior of thinking – this is difficult because you cannot see the thinking process o Study of cognition focuses on improving cognition and testing hypothesis’  Ask a question: “What is the capital of Vermont?” o What cognitive processes are necessary to answer this question? o Perception – your interpretations of your environment; see the question, know it is a question, this process could be auditory or visual o Attention – if you lack attention, you will fail to accurately answer because you will now know what the question is. o Understand language – this does fall under cog. psych o Long term memory – anything that occurred about 30 seconds ago and going back as far as you can remember o Possibly, Source memory – memory for how you learned something, the circumstances around when something happened when you are remembering – this question may take you back to where you were when you learned state capitals o Choose from possible answers/decision making o Produce language (“observable behavior”)  Why should I care about Cog Psych? o Relevant to everyday experience beyond some other classes – the study of how people think – you should be interested in how you learn as a college student o May learn how to study more effectively and better retain information  How do you study? o Imagine you have an exam in 1 week (next Thursday) – regular semester, class meets 2x per week, have 3 other classes – o Thursday: Catch up on any reading that I am behind on o Friday: catch up on reading o Saturday: Get notes together in a good form to study; including reading notes and class notes o Sunday: Begin making flash cards from notes and reading o Monday: Flash cards o Wednesday: extensive flash cards  Improve Learning and Memory o Elaborate – as you read take the information and interpret it in a way that you can understand – there are tons of ways to do this o Generate and test – the testing is the more important part, you will remember this information better, the tests at the end of each chapter are very helpful for finding out what you do not know and what you should know more about o Generating – this is why the prof does not post slides, take info from class/reading and organize it in a way that you can understand o The book for this class is an e-text – you have an option of getting a print of it – read the paragraph and write a note about that section in the margin o Anything that you can do that is active while studying is helpful o Organize – o Sequence events, draw pictures o Take breaks – this is the argument against cramming – studies show that distributed practice yields better results than mass practice o Avoid – “Illusions of learning” o biggest illusion of learning is highlighting – should elaborate on information rather than just marking everything o printing notes but not actually doing anything with notes  Student expectations  How will you learn about CP? o Before class – readings and “readiness to learn quizzes” – 5 questions each o During class – activities, discussions, demonstrations, short lectures o After class – reflection, discussion boards, Google docs  E book – can get this access if you want, but there is an option to get hard copy and ebook – assignments will be through REVEL and the code is on the syllabus ▯ ▯


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