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PSY 315

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Dr. Elizabeth Lazzara
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This 3 page Class Notes was uploaded by Mercedes Jorge on Saturday March 12, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to PSY 315 (Psychology, Lazzara, Cognitive Psychology) at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach taught by Dr. Elizabeth Lazzara in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 34 views. For similar materials see Cognitive Psychology in Human Development at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Daytona Beach.

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Date Created: 03/12/16
Mercedes Jorge 3/11/16 PSY 315 Paper Outline ‘Inception’  Introduction  Description of movie and advanced organizer  Inception is a very complex film about a man named Dominic Cobb. Cobb is a thief of the mind, and expert at extraction. He can enter someone’s mind through their dreams, without them knowing, and obtain hidden, and valuable secrets and information. His ability has made him a wanted fugitive and has cost him his wife, and children being taken from him. A man that goes by Mr. Saito, offers Cobb one last job that could fix his problems and get him back to his kids. Saito wants him not to take information from someone’s mind, but to plant an idea in it, which is called inception. Cobb accepts the job and assembles a team that will help him accomplish this difficult task. Arthur, who has been assisting him with the security demands of his work prior to this last job offer; Eames, personality forger; Ariadne, fast maze builder, Yusuf; chemist of sedatives; Nash, designer of dream layouts. Along the way, Cobb has to deal with his own emotions and feelings of guilt, which include violent and prominent projections of his deceased wife, Mal, in his dream space. If Cobb and his team can successfully go through with the inception, they will pull off the perfect crime and save the world from global energy monopolization. This movie portrays many different cognitive principles but I will be focusing on three of them- Attention (the four functions), top-down processing, and multiple intelligence.  Body  Four functions of attention  Divided Attention o Allocating available resources to coordinate more than one task. o Give examples from movie  Selective attention o Choosing to attend to some stimuli o Features that help attend (pacing/pitch/distinctive features, sound intensity, and location of sound source) o Theories of attention (Broadbent, selective filter, Treisman’s attenuation model) o Explain how theories are applied in the movie o Try to explain how the features help the team  Visual Search o Looking for stimulus among distractors. o Distractors: stimulus that diverts attention (display size, feature search, and conjunction search) o Try to explain how Cobb’s team used these searches in their mission and tasks. o Theories (Treisman’s feature integration, similarity theory) o Find examples of how those theories were used  Signal detection o Detecting appearance of particular stimulus o Vigilance: person’s ability to attend to field of stimulation over prolonged period. o 4 possible outcomes (hit, false, miss, correct rejection) o Find examples of those outcomes done by Cobb’s team.  Top-down Processing  Perception: make sense of environmental stimuli process by which we organize and make sense of sensations. Brain actively makes sense of stimuli.  Use 3 things for perception: sense, know, infer  Theories (configural superiority effect, word superiority effect)  Multiple Intelligence  Intelligence: capacity to learn from experience using metacognitive processes to enhance learning.  Not a unitary construct, but as independent constructs  8 types of intelligence (Gardner)  Give examples of each from the movie.  Conclusion  Closing summary remarks  Final interpretation on the movie and examples used.  References Cavanagh, P. (1991). What’s up in top-down processing. Representations of vision: Trends and tacit assumptions in vision research, 295-304. Gardner, H. (2011). Frames of mind: The theory of multiple intelligences. Basic books. Helstrom, C. W. (1994). Elements of signal detection and estimation. Prentice-Hall, Inc.. Leclercq, M., & Zimmermann, P. (Eds.). (2004). Applied neuropsychology of attention: theory, diagnosis and rehabilitation. Psychology Press. Wolfe, J. M. (1998). Visual search (pp. 13-73).


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