Final Summary

First of all, I think this class was one of the most interesting so far in my college career because as a Forensic Psych major. Getting to learn and now so much about how human brain works and think it’s extremely important and I can’t wait to learn more specifically bout these topics.

In detail, one of the argument that captured my attention the most was perception. I always had a sort of passion that made me want to analyze feelings and impression people get from the environment or from other kinds of interactions. What really fascinated me is the difference ad at the same time the coexistence of bottom-up and top-down processes. While the first one refers to our ability to detect the edges and shape of what we are watching and than conclude assigning a name or definition to the object. Top-down processes happen when we already have expectations of what we are going to see so we process the information to confirm the previous thoughts.

These two processes take place independently and a  two different level of processing, a lower one for bottom-up and a hi her one for top-down. What is sad about it is that some people affected by visual agnosia are sometimes not able to associate two similar objects (apperceptive agnosia) or they are able to draw the outline of the object but not able to name it (associative agnosia).

Another very interesting topic was Cognitive Development because I think ti’s really important to understand how we develop and our ability to adapt to and interact with the environment. Very important features in Piaget research are the schemas of Assimilation and Accommodation. While the first describes the assimilation of external stimuli and the formation of new definition and structures, the second one, accommodation, refers to the human’s ability to adapt to new stimuli and experiences.

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