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Thursday, May 03, 2007

Cognitive Perspective Review

To review the Cognitive Perspective complete the following:
Seciton 1
Either Q1 or Q2 (Short answer 8 points)
Section 2
Q 2
Q 5
These are both long essays (20 points)
Section 3
a) Outline two assumptions of the cognitive perspective.
b) Identify one key concepts based on one of these assumptions and illustrate your answer with one study. (Long essay 20 points)
Section 4
Optional: Review before May 2008 but only if the Cognitive Perspective is on of your perspectives of choice.
Sections 5
Q 2 (20 points)
Section 6
Q1 Focus on the psychological question of why we forget.

(Long essay 20 points)

Total Points 108 points.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Extended Reading "It's Magic..."

  1. What is the relationship between memory and selfhood?
  2. What new discovery about memory do you find most interesting?
  3. How can some memories become indelible?
  4. How can amnesia and repression be explained?
  5. Explain the following statement: "Memory is more reconstructive than reproductive."
  6. What new paradigm of memory is now emerging?
  7. After reading this artice, what conclusions can you make about memory?

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Key Studies of the Cognitive Perspective and IA Possibilites

Find below a list of suggested IA topics provided by John Crane.

They are all key studies within the Cognitive Perspective which you need to study in depth.

A. Memory

  1. Memory and the serial position curve: Cunitz and Glanzer's study. Participants learn a long list of words and after a delay they have to recall as many as possible. The hypothesis is that people tend to remember the first and last words in a list due to the primacy and recency effects.
  2. Improving memory: Imagery vs. rehearsal: participants recall more words from a (20) word list when they use an imagery method (forming a vivid mental image and linking each item to the last in a dynamic fashion) than if they use either rehearsal (repeat each item until you hear the next) or no particular method (no prior instruction). Bower (1967); Paivio (1971).
  3. Memory and levels of processing: Craik and Lockhart hypothesize that the deeper and more meaningfully we process information the better subsequent recall will be. Participants are asked to process words either at a basic structural level like 'is the word in capitals?' or at a level requiring the comprehension of meaning e.g. 'is it something you can eat'? Participants would be expected to recall those words processed more deeply more successfully. Craik and Tulving (1975).
  4. Eye-witness reports: Loftus and Palmer (1974); Loftus and Zanni (1975). Participants asked how fast cars were going when they ‘smashed’ into each other, after viewing a car accident, report greater speeds than do participants asked the speed when they ‘hit’ each other. The former group are more likely to report seeing broken glass (when none is there) a week later.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

The Cognitive Perspective

Development and cultural contexts
Reading Glassman pp. 150-154

Article: The birth of cognitive science
Hill p 18
IB Review Guide p. 27-29
Information Processing Model and the key assumptions of CP

Key Concepts
Reading Myers Chapter 9

Guided Study

Flow Chart using Inspiration or Visio

Models of Memory

Key Study: Craik and Lockhart (1972)

Activities and Weblog Write-ups

First Memories
Meaning Enhances Recall Activity

All Purpose Memory Demonstration
Active Learning Experience 6.3 Memory Strategies
Constructive Memory: The Rumor Chain
Retroactive and Proactive Interference

Extended Reading "It's Magical It's Memory"

Cognitive Dissonance pp. 191-192

Cognitive Style: Gregorc Syle Delineator


Methods: Interviews and Verbal Protocols

Strengths and Limitations


Effectiveness and Application of theories and findings

Review: IB Review Guide pp 27-43

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Humanistic Perspective Writing Workshop

There is a general consensus that writing can significantly improve your understanding.
Using the handout IB Paper 1 Questions write as many answers as you can. At least two weeks will be devoted to this writing workshop.

A Level of Achievement
1 response from Section 1
3 responses from Section 2
3 responses from Section 3
1 response from Section 4
1 response from Section 5
1 response from Section 6
Special Question Number 2 (Long essay) or for those who are sure they will not choose HP as their long essay focus, any 3 extra responses.

B Level of Achievement
1 response from Section 1
2 responses from Section 2
2 responses from Section 3
1 response from Section 4
1 response from Section 5
1 response from Section 6

C Level of Achievement
1 response from Section 1
1 responses from Section 2
1 responses from Section 3
1 response from Section 4
1 response from Section 5
1 response from Section 6

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Descriptive and Inferential Statistics

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Humanistic Perspective

Development and Cultural Context

  1. History and Culture

2. Key Concepts, Asumptions, Evaluation and Methods

3. Application

Humanisitc Therapy to be discussed with Dysfunctional Behaviour Option Year 12.

Go to this link for a preview of humanistic therapy.