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.



False memories

I found this article extremely interesting focusing on false memories. Research  shows that given enough information or a story one then begins to believe a moment in their life that never happened and recall memory of it. The article states everyone is able to make false memories and it’s inevitable and one quote from the article that I agree with was ” Now, the findings showing that even seemingly impeccable memories are also susceptible to manipulation could have important implications in the legal and clinical psychology fields where contamination of memory has had particularly important consequences.” The article explains a case in which a girl was giving false memories of being rape and she believed it happened and took it to court. This is shocking just as much as someone who says they are able to remember what they ate on a Monday 10 years ago.

-Rosanna Reyes

retrieving memory

i thought this image was pretty cool describing retreiving memory. we talked about different ways on how we retrieve memory from our personal experience and things we kinda just know because we have a description of what things should look like

Final Summary Blog Post

In Cognitive Psychology over the semester we learned how people acquire, transform, use communication through information stored in the Brain. In learning how our Brains function we learn how the Brain is constructed, and how information is stored. A concept I found interesting was the Brains “Plasticity” and how it is able to change, and reorganize itself after damage or build new pathways for information to be stored. It shows how the Brain is resilient, and able to fix itself depending on the type of damage that occurs to it. Functional changes occur in the brain, when new information is stored or memorized. Cells such as neurons, glia, and vascular cells are included in Neuro-Plasticity. Another concept I found important in memory was Retrieval Cues which are things that often help trigger us too recognize and recall stored information. “Retrieval cues” can be such things as someone smelling a pie being baked and it reminds them of their Grandmother’s house. In Long-term memory “Explicit” and “Implicit” memories are the two key concepts. In Explicit Memories our memories are consciously encoded, and remembered. While in Implicit Memories are not deliberate or consciously encoded but show previous learning and storage. In “Bottom-up Processing” a person begins with small pieces of information acquired from the environment, and by combining them in various ways they form a perception of something. A persons first response would be them seeing a plate of food, and the content in that plate begin to make their mouth water. This reactions lead to emotion of want, and hunger in the brain resulting in them asking for a plate. In “Top Down Processing” we make meaning of the stimuli by perceiving it, and our expectations of it. I believe memory to be very important in my everyday life, whether it be remembering the route to work, or studying for a test, and recalling important events in my own life. The Brain is important in allowing us to store information, function, and communicate daily. In understanding and valuing these concepts we become better aware of how we function daily.

Illustration of Dual Coding

The above video is a illustration of the dual coding theory.  It describes that pieces of information is good when it comes to verbal and visual.  Words are added to the memory by the verbal code and visuals are also added to the memory.  In conclusion, we are more likely to remember the information we are giving because of verbal and visual.

Dual Coding Hypothesis

Dual coding hypothesis is the understanding that the LTM contains two coding systems to store information, verbal and visual. This video was helpful with explaining what happens when the storage has reached capacity. Some may believe, including myself initially that the mind is somewhat of an everlasting well that never fills up but it does and this video goes into theories that help retain info after storage.