we learned a lot throughout this semester but on this that definitely stuck with me was hemi neglect like how can one still not be aware of one side of their vision. It just baffles me how this can be something so serious and there has not been much research done to find out. This would be useful to know because not many people are aware this exists, unless your in cognitive psychology. Another concept I find useful for real world experiences is the stages of Piaget. Like one day someone is bound to have kids or even interact with them. And just knowing to analyze them mentally me know what’s going on in their mind is great. Now that I know this better I will watch my siblings grow up differently because I now I know the stage they will be in 🙂
In this class, I have learned a lot about about the brain and how we use it in our everyday lives. Out of the many topics we have discussed in this course, I was really interested in two categories; parts of the brain, mainly focusing on the prefrontal cortex and episodic memory.
In the prefrontal cortex, it is known to be one of the last parts of the brain to mature and thee first one to go. The prefrontal cortex is located in the front of the brain which gives personality, decision making and social behavior etiquette. When I realized how important it is for someone to maintain a good prefrontal cortex, I understood why my grandmother acts so unapologetic at times. Before, my mother would tell me stories of how sweet and polite my grandmother was, when she was in Haiti. Now at age 93, my grandmother would curse people out during social gatherings and rudely comment about people with no filter. I do not blame her nor do I take it personally because I now know that her prefrontal cortex is gone.
Another thing that stood out to the most was episodic memory. I can personally relate this form of memory because I have a very sharp memory. Episodic memory deals with events that you personally experienced. I can recall many of my past experiences vividly. I am not so good with episodic memory because I cannot personally relate to content that deals with other things that regard things outside of my life. when I experience episodic memory, I can emotionally recall my memory to express an event rather than learning memory from a textbook or event that someone else experienced.
This video shows many different scenarios on how we can essentially make people do what ever we want them to. They talk about things like the foot in the door technique and change blindness.
Our cognitive styles depend heavily on our environment and the world in which we were brought up. This is linked with cross- cultural perception because each part of the world may view things in a different way. Think of the wide differences between the world of a New Yorker and that of a remote villager in the Himalayan mountains. A New Yorker’s perception of lines, colors, and distances will differ considerably from that of anyone else’s, simply due to the environment. This photo was shown in class and can be linked with this topic.
Earlier in the semester, we discussed how the ability to speak more than one language could benefit your brain, and possibly even make you smarter! We also discussed Tim Doner, the 17 year old boy who could speak over 20 languages. Here, in a video we learn more about this phenomenon.
According to many studies conducted, no significant differences between both genders have been noted. Both men and women are alike in terms of personality, cognitive ability and leadership.
Males: controlling and manipulating the environment; independent, assertive, dominant, competitive.
Females: relatively passive, loving, sensitive, and supportive in social relationships, especially in their family roles as wife and mother. Warmth in personal relationships, and the display of anxiety under pressure.