Final Post

During my time in Cognitive psychology, I found most of what we learned to be interesting. However I must say that the most fascinating were the concepts involving memory and knowledge. I am a firm believer that education and expanding ones mind is the best way to become a leader in any field. Thus the ability to learn and retain that knowledge as well as past experiences can be life changing.

This class allowed me to understand that each kind of memory is tied to a particular part of brain function. In addition to that, it showcased the differences between Long-term memory, Working memory, and Immediate memory(which is so short-lived that we don’t even think of it as memory). Even more so it introduced us to memorization masters like Joshua fore. ( Lesson : if we practice enough we too could become Memory champs). Furthermore it debunked ideas about knowledge, I being a set talent, either we have the ability to learn or we don’t, I am grateful for this class because of it.

The only “hangup” that I had was my difficulty in posting regularly because I tend to be shy and introverted. Therefore it was an interesting to be challenged by having to put one thoughts out on this blog. As another individual stated earlier “Not everyone considers social media a positive tool” or uses as often as others. Nonetheless, I DO understand the reasoning behind the blog and it was interesting to see how eager and fearless most of  the class was in expressing their thoughts and findings. So thanks for sharing guys. It really was a learning experience.

Thank you professor Hurson.

And have a great summer Spring’15 CogPsy Class.



Serial Podcast Info.

Hey everyone,

Incase anyone is interested, here is the Serial website we were talking about today. You can listen to the the podcast through the website or download it from itunes. It is all free downloading and AMAZING!

Check it out!!

**Also for those of you that are already Serial fans! Here is an update on Adnan Syed. Here is an article from NPR , about the appeal granted for him this past February.

Enjoy guys, its a great way to utilize your train ride!

Memory Manipulation

So for those of you who thought the article I posted below sounds cool but are not not up for reading it, here is a TED talk Video for you!

The women in this video is named Elizabeth Loftus, she is a memory-manipulation expert. I found her talk to be rather interesting.. at one point she compares our memories to Wikipedia because not only can we change the information, but so can others.**MIND-BLOWN**

However, I should give fair warning she raises some ethical issues that I don’t entirely agree with, but I can understand how she came to those conclusions. Nonetheless, feel free to comment about your thoughts!

False memory and Interrogations

Here is an article that summarizes a study conducted in the UK regarding episodic memory manipulation ( False memories). It’s some fascinating stuff! I began reading it and thought to myself ” no way I could ever be convinced of doing something I didn’t do”, but the research doesn’t lie!

Protecting and Enhancing Eyewitness Memory

Hope, L., Gabbert, F., Fisher, R. P., & Jamieson, K. (2014). Protecting and Enhancing Eyewitness Memory: The Impact of an Initial Recall Attempt on Performance in an Investigative Interview. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28(3), 304-313.

This article stresses the importance of protecting and enhancing eyewitness memory by focusing on two particular forms of evidence- gathering, SAI and free recall (FR). In order to make this study successful it was designed to have sixty participants view a videotaped staged crime and then be randomly split into three groups (SAI, control or FR). Afterwards all participants watched a stimulus event, and the SAI and FR group were asked to recall the experience immediately. A week later all three groups were given a cognitive interview and the results found that SAI facilitated a higher quality initial recall as well as significantly higher total correct than the other groups.