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Psychology 235, Week 1 Notes

by: Layne Franklin

Psychology 235, Week 1 Notes PSY 235 - 01

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Intro to Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Urska Dobersek
Class Notes
Cognitive Psychology




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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Layne Franklin on Tuesday September 6, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSY 235 - 01 at University of Indianapolis taught by Urska Dobersek in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 12 views. For similar materials see Cognitive Psychology in Psychology (PSYC) at University of Indianapolis.

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Date Created: 09/06/16
Intro to Cognitive Psychology What is Cognitive Psychology? Cognitive psychology is the study of how people perceive, learn, remember, and think. Examples What is that? Concepts: Visual Perception, Knowledge I don’t remember Concept: Memory I can’t decide. Concept: Decision Making History of Cognitive Psychology Early history- Philosophical Antecedents Empiricists vs. Rationalists Plato (circa 428-348 BC) Rationalism Aristotle (circa 384-322 BC) Empiricism Psychological Antecedents of Cognitive Psychology Structuralism- Building blocks of consciousness, Wundt and Titchener Functionalism- Processes of mind rather than its contents, William James Behaviorism- Observable behavior, Pavlov, Watson and Skinner Gestalt Psychology- “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”, Wertheimer and Kohler Key Themes in Cognitive Psychology 1. “Theory without data is empty. Data without theory is meaningless.” -Kant 2. “Cognitive processes interact with each other and with ‘noncognitive’ processes.”- Verenkina and Gould Examples: Memory depends on perception Thinking depends on memory 3. Cognition should be studied in many different ways. There’s no correct way: The more variety, the better Cognitive Neuroscience The study of the physiological basis of cognition These 2 disciplines help each other Mind-Body Debate Mind: mental processes, thoughts, and consciousness Body: physical aspects of the brain-neurons and brain structure Dualism (2 separate parts) vs. Monism (mind is the result of activity in the brain) Central Nervous System: brain and spinal cord Peripheral Nervous System: everything else Glial Cells (Glia) Neurons: create, receive, and transmit info in the nervous system The Neuron Doctrine


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