Final summary blog post

I believe we have learned many important concepts this semester that will be useful in our everyday lives, but the two I found most important were the concepts of Functionalism and procedural memory. The concept of functionalism created by William James was one of the earliest concepts in cognitive psych and it is still relevant today. It helped to explain our experiences and showed why that contributed to our habits and thoughts in our everyday lives. “Functionalism: the most important thing the mind can do is help a person adapt to their surrounding environment.” I believe that is very true, because our daily lives consist of various situations and we are constantly changing, as is our environment. We need functionalism to help us cope with all the situations we face and understand why we act the way we do towards certain things. I agree with the researchers when they decided to study the mind in real life instead of labs because this will yield real results and show how the brain naturally works. The other concept I believe is important to everyday life is procedural memory. I believe this is important because it is part of automatic encoding, and it stays with us in our memories once we’ve learned something. The term “it’s like riding a bike” applies to this, because our memory from learning how to ride a bike will stay with us, even if we have not done it in a long time. The next time we go to get on the bike after a long period of time, we start to remember how because we have stored it into our memories from having procedural memory. We need this in life for the things we need to know how to do but may not always be fresh in our memory. If CPR is stored in our memory from procedural memory, then even though it is not used for a while it will be remembered when we need it. This is true of word meanings as well, so when we are reading or studying we don’t have to constantly look up what words mean what, because we have learned it through procedural memory and stored it automatically.