Final Post

Cognitive Psychology has been a very interesting subject to study. My favorite part (besides the Professor’s jokes) is retrieving memories. I realized that there is a lot more involved in trying to remember things from the past than I originally thought. I finally figured out why I can’t remember things or if I even had those memories at all.

I noticed a lot about myself while working in the memory department of this subject. I realized that I do a lot of semantic confusions. I am forever mixing up words or phrases that mean similar things. Like Bahrick, I studied he Spanish language all through high school and college. Don’t ask me anything now because I didn’t practice it over the years, so it is buried somewhere in my memory. I am positive if someone says something to me in Spanish I can probably reach into that buried memories and pull out a small response back.

I learned how to use retrieval cues. This chapter has inspired me to download the brain testing Apps to make sure my memory is on point. I learned that they decay and I don’t want to forget the first time my son walked or the sound of my father’s voice before he passed away.

Because of this chapter, my studying has also improved. I am able to use different methods of remembering important information for those important test. Plus, I learned that it is ok to give myself a break and not overload myself in my studies because I won’t retain anything that way.

I would love for this semester to stay in my long term memory and I would like to remember Professor Hurson’s words when I am in another class. I know with my new techniques from this chapter, I will be able to hear her voice in my long term memory department telling me “remember the lesson on…”.

Memory is by far my favorite topic that can benefit me in the long run.

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Analogical Reasoning

This is a cool video breaking down analogical reasoning. Analogical reasoning is any type of thinking that relies upon an analogy. An analogy is a comparison between two objects, or systems of objects, that highlights respects in which they are thought to be similar. This video explains that much simpler then words can.

Why Women See Differently from What Men see?

I found this interesting study of mental rotation of 3D images and pencil-to-paper images. I find it interesting that men are able to mentally rotate 3d images quicker than females. They continued to study the difference is male in female within spatial navigation. Again, males tested better than females (which to me is odd because men tend to get lost more often driving and refuse to ask for directions). They also studied spatial navigation in sports. Guess who won that category too. There were some categories women dominated in like location of objects. Women were also better at verbal memory. The study goes on to explain other things but I will not give them away. Very interesting how sex differences are so different in visuospatial abilities.

Gender Differences

Is this accurate? I don’t believe it is completely true. Yes we a biologically different but I don’t think gender makes a difference. I’m pretty sure I can find a man that can knit and I can find a woman that can operate a wrecking ball. Gender differences is such a hard topic because like the professor said we can’t assign someone a sex so how are gender difference really studied? There would be no controlled group in an experiment without being able to control the subject. I would like to see a man knitting as much as I would like to see women haul lumber. I don’t think our biological make-up gives us better trait for certain jobs. I think experience is what gives a person better trait.

Evolution of Language

This picture really made me laugh. Then it got me thinking, how did their grunts turn into words? Then words into bigger words, to sentences and to be able to tell stories without pictures. Not only that, why do we have words we can’t even say, like antidisestablishmentarianism. Yet we can’t come up with words for certain feelings so we adopt other another languages word. I must admit, sometimes I wish I could put the bubble over someone’s head and then maybe I’ll actually understand what they say. By the way…antidisestablishmentarianism is really a word. I admit, I had to Google how to spell it though. Lost track after ment.

Situated Cognition

This picture is an easy way of understanding situated cognition. I definitely believe that the way a task is understood is dependent on the surroundings it is within. As an EMT, I may have learned skills in a classroom, but I became a better EMT by actually working on an ambulance. I became better at working under pressure and was able to research more information on things I didn’t understand. I can take the most intelligent doctor in the world and put him on an ambulance and he would have not nearly enough skill to work the way we do.

Cognitive Development

This picture made me think of something we didn’t cover in cognitive development. It is said/known that a baby can hear their mother’s words or know when she is singing. They feel what they feel emotionally. Is it possible that the start of some cognitive behaviors can start in the womb? I mean if a child can hear inside and although their brain aren’t fully developed, is it possible they start learning from then? I know brains aren’t fully developed within the womb, but if you think about it, how does a baby know when to turn before delivery or what makes them cry when they are first born? Just food for thought.