Final Blog Post

Four concepts that we learned this semester that really stuck out to me were means-ends analysis, mental sets and selective inattention and SMART Goals. These four concepts are good to know because it can help us make better decisions and to help us pay attention more.They stuck out to me because they are some of the things that I realized I do and one of which I should do.

Mental Sets refers to the tendency to adapt a certain strategy when solving certain problems. When you have a certain mental set it is hard for you to see another way to solve the problem. You shouldn’t stick to the mental sets that you have on certain things because you will miss out the right answer or different ways to solve the problem. It’s good to think outside the box.

Selective inattention, refers to when you fail to notice part of your environment because your attention is focused somewhere else. This concept is important because everyone doesn’t always pay attention to everything. We focus our attention on certain tasks and we do them while ignoring everything else. Though it is good to be able to focus on the tasks we are given, we should still pay attention to other things or people around us because they could be just as important.

Means-ends analysis is when you compare your goal with the starting point or issue. In this concept you try to think of all the ways you can achieve your goal and choose the best option. This concept is good because it forces you to think about the problem before you try to solve it. It could shorten the amount of time that you put into solving a problem if you start off with one of the best ways to handle the problem.

SMART goals stand for specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound. Setting SMART goals is good for us because not everyone is good at following through on goals or plans that they make.  If you make goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time bound and if you stay dedicated to your goals it will be easier to achieve your goals.

I really enjoyed being in this Cognitive Psychology class. I have learned a lot. Professor Hurson you are a great professor with a lot of patience.You made class fun and enjoyable despite the time of the class. I liked the idea of having to post on the blog for homework. It was different and less stressful. Students might want to do something like this more than common homework assignments. It was also good to see how the other students interpreted what was taught or found similar examples because it made it a little bit easier to understand.