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PY 101, Week 7

by: Ashley Bartolomeo

PY 101, Week 7 PY 101

Ashley Bartolomeo
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Ashley Bartolomeo on Thursday September 29, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PY 101 at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa taught by TBA in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 13 views. For similar materials see Intro to Psychology in Psychology (PSYC) at University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa.

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Date Created: 09/29/16
Attention  We think we pay attention but we actually miss a lot of information  Teachers that show videos, promote discussion and in class activities provide a more engaging classroom provide a more engaging classroom because students are interacting with the teacher and with each other  Our attention span is only 10-15 minutes  If you sit in a lecture that is 50 or 75 minutes long you will lose focus. Engaging lectures allow you to divide your attention and not zone out  Attention: behavioral process of allocating limited processing resources o Key point is limited!!!!!!  Three kinds (that we are concerned with) o Sustained: remain attentive over time (hard to do) o Selective: only choosing one thing to focus on o Divided: splitting your attention, multitasking Change Blindness  The “Door Study”: a man asked someone for directions and then two people holding a door walked in between the two men. While they were walking through the person who asked for directions switched with one of the men holding the door. The man who was giving directions did not notice about 50% of the time  This show us that we really do not pay that much attention. This could potentially be dangerous, while we walk most people look at their phones and someone could just come up and snatch away our phones or pocketbooks since we do not see them approach us Memory and Attention  You don’t remember what you don’t attend to!  What if we are trying to pay attention? o Too many stimuli/ less stimuli o Not switching up studying o Cell phones/laptops/TV o Think you already know topic o Sleep deprivation o Stress o Depression/anxiety  Mood affects attention the most  Amnesia: lose period of time, problem retrieving information from long term memory o Causes: severe psychological problems, brain damage, infection  Absent mindness: dividing our attention too much o Causes: don’t allocate enough resources to process all of the information  Persistence: continue to have unwanted memories o Causes: PTSD, saying something you didn’t mean and keep reliving it


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