I found this interesting image because a lot of people eat and drink certain things because of a “just because”. Example, some people can say they drink their coffee or tea with Stevia sugar because it comes from a plant, a herb. Therefore plants are natural. That excuse would be like saying it’s okay to eat other plants besides vegetables including, Toxicodendron radicans (Poisen Ivy, oaks, etc.)! I’m not saying that you have to be illiterate to do such a thing but this is what the comment sounds like. If something is natural it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good for you. Stevia has no physical sign of danger just like poison Ivy. However, the only thing we know is that if we touch the Ivy we get a rash. Well the same applies to everything in life just because it doesn’t look dangerous and you think it’s good or other people tell you it is think again before you try it. Heuristic can lead to shallow thinking and making harmful decisions.
This semester in Cognitive Psychology class I have actually learned a lot. When we went into the topic on selective attention and studying I found it very interesting. Especially in the last summary that I submit in was based on multitasking. Our brains majority time focus on one task and switch back and forth between tasks. In which actually instead of always getting things done faster, we are actually taking a little longer to get all of our things done. Yet our attention goes on majority of things we usually focus on and also our brains also pay attention to minor details that we are probably are intentionally trying to remember. For example, I pulled this stunt off with one of my friends on bottleneck theory. We sat at a bar and I started to talk to her and then I started to ask her if she noticed the group of people who had walked by. She had but I ask if she know what the first person of the group looked like and she said no. Our brain only picks up a certain amount of information but not all details. There was a group of people that had walked by and that was correct, but the first person was actually a blonde woman wearing a jean jacket. It actually shows what goes on in our brain and how much info rations goes into our brain.
Another thing that also caught my attention in class was the brain structure and functions. It is amazing how our brain works and how much it actually does. Without certain parts of our brains we wouldn’t be able to move, talk, think, remember, etc. For example, Hemineglect was one thing that also caught my attention. Its amazing yet so hard that one person can have such a damage to their brain and not be able to see a part of the world as if it did not exist. Yet it actually makes me want to be careful to not hit my head in any way that can damage any section. Overall, this class has taught me a lot of thing, and Professor Hurson actually makes this class very interesting and tries her best to have everyone one. This is the second class I take with her and I hope she teaches another section in psychology.
Throughout this semester there were many important concepts we covered in class that apply to our everyday life. Mostly everything we have learned is something we have done, we are doing or will do in either school, work or at home. One important concept we study in this class and that I can relate to is the spacing effect. It’s important to follow this mainly because we are in school either taking one or several courses. The spacing effect is beneficial especially for those who are trying to study it gives you enough time to remember material. I use the spacing effect and realized it made me a better learner and a better student. I used to be bad at studying and now I can learn things and study with time and even teach it to someone so I can remember the information better.
Another concept that I found important is selective attention. I wasn’t aware of this concept as much before taking this course but it’s shocking to see how we select what we want to pay attention to. Earlier in the semester someone gave an example of having a conversation and if someone is near and says your name your able to engage your attention to where you heard your name from. I’s interesting to see how we can relate this to eyewitness testimony and how sometimes it can be hard to identify somebody due to other things going around. We tend to select what we want to pay attention to and that is what we are able to remember the most clear. This course contained a lot of useful information in which we do in our everyday lives but spacing effect and selective attention were my favorite topics in the semester.
This semester during our Cognitive Psychology class we have spent much of our time speaking about how the brain influences our everyday life. One of the things that most impacted me was the hemineglect. I had never heard or even knew that existed before taking this class. At first I wasn’t capable of understanding this scenario. What for others is simple, easy and not worthy thinking of, for others is a struggle in their everyday routine. This has made me broaden my expectations and views on other people. As a New Yorker we many times don’t have the patience we should have with other individuals. Many times we don’t know what incapacitations another person might have.
Another topic we have spoken about in class is the mean to ends analysis. For this summer, as soon as classes and finals are over, I am planning on travelling and making small trips and activities. My boyfriend’s birthday is next month therefore I must set goals and arrange economically and timely to successfully achieve everything I have I mind to do. This analysis helps me stay more organized and more thoughtful of where I want to end up at.
Overall, everything we have covered in class has helped one way or another to understand and broaden our views. Thanks for a wonderful semester.