Overall, I thought this class was very interesting and I learned a lot of interesting concepts that I never heard of before until now. Every time I learned something new and unheard of before I would go home and tell my boyfriend about it and also tell the kids at my job about what I learned as well. I enjoy sharing what I have learned and I hope to keep and remember these concepts . Because there are so many concepts that were taught in this class I feel that the eyewitness identification lecture and the reasoning and decision making lecture are helpful and important to know in our everyday lives.
I feel that the eyewitness identification lecture is important because as a criminal justice major it is essential to know about how popular eyewitness identification is in court proceedings. I had no previous knowledge about this until this semester and was amazed at how so many innocent people can be doing time because an eyewitness misidentified them. I feel that at some point we or someone we know may be in a situation where they witness a crime and are questioned by police. It’s so easy to see how our memory isn’t that great and how we can create false memories. Because I now know more about this topic I can share to friends and family about this trending topic.
Another concept in reasoning and decision making I found to affect our everyday life is anchoring. We use it and see it everyday. An example that I found on psychcentral.com to be easier to understand is when a mother and daughter go shopping. The daughter finds a pair of jeans for $149.00 and tells her mother how bad she needs these jeans. A sales associate comes along and states that those jeans are on sale. Her mother is hesitant. How do you know how much you should pay for these jeans and how do you know if its a deal or a rip off? According to the anchoring effect you need a reference point. The reference point for the daughter are the jeans on sale for $149. However, mom’s reference point is different because at some point she remembers purchasing a pair of jeans for at least $50. Stores and advertisers use this anchoring effect all the time. So next time you shop remember about the anchoring effect.
When professor Hurson lectured on cross cultural perspectives and how people perceive images differently was an eye-opener. I assumed that all people looked at images the same way, but was I wrong. I found this article from the Smithsonian that discusses optical illusions and why people from different cultural backgrounds see them differently.
I found this video where Dr. Bob Berger discusses what is going on in our brain as we age and also what types of cognitive impairments happen. I’m sure we see this in our own lives with grandparents. I think we can better improve our cognition as we get older by exercising and doing brain puzzles. Both my grandparents are in their eighties and my grandma has such a sharp memory (better than me sometimes). Both my grandparents were physically active a few years back and I think that has contributed to my grandparents sharp brain.
I love Oscar Wilde and his books and when I came across this quote I had to post it. And to an extent it is true. How many times did we just know about the ending of a movie or just know what he or she was going to say when you catch them in a lie? I’m guilty and my boyfriend is always telling me that I think I’m always right and that I know everything lol. But in essence, it better to say “I think” rather than “I know.”
I thought our last topic of cultural differences and cognition was really interesting. It’s amazing how unique people in each culture carry out the way they count, perceive images, learn etc. I found this short and sweet TED talk video comparing a Japanese man asking for directions and an American man asking for directions. They both were lost in translation about where to go. It was funny to watch but interesting to know how each gets around!
I thought this picture was funny as well as a good example of availability heuristics. For example, in this picture this guy is underestimating the Ebola virus as I’m sure most of the U.S population did at that time. The media has a strong effect on availability heuristics.
I found this video of a child in the pre-operational stage being tested on Piaget’s conservation task. It was so cute. My 4 yr old niece was sitting on my lap and we both watched this video and I tested her as well. She got most of them right and a few of these tasks wrong. So its clear that she has not passed this pre-operational stage yet. Enjoy!