Agnotology? Why You Should Want to Know What This Is.

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Description: Have you heard of agnotology? According to a number of social scientists you should really work on wanting to know what this term is and what its implications are for how we are forming our beliefs and opinions and developing our “expertise”. In the 1960s a tobacco company developed a number of strategies and… Read more »

When Brain Scanning is Too Slow: The Role of the Hippocampus in Language Processing

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Description: From answering fill in the blank questions to be able to follow a conversation when you can hear every single word, we are actually quite good at dealing with missing information. We are not however doing without information that is missed at the sensation level, as our brain is finding the missing bits for… Read more »

Crying with an Accent??

Posted by & filed under Child Development, Early Social and Emotional development, Human Development, Language Development, Language-Thought.

Description: You probably recall hearing either in introductory course or in a child psychology course that infants, by the time there about eight months of age, have begun to tune themselves to the speech sounds represented in the languages being spoken around them in their homes. This early attention to spoken communication is taken to… Read more »

Mono-tasking: The “New” Way to Process Information!

Posted by & filed under Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Consciousness, Language-Thought, Learning, Memory.

Description: So here’s an interesting challenge. Go to the article linked below and, before you start reading it, remove all distractors from around you, and I mean all. Mute your phone, turn off the radio, turn off the television, do not check email, do nothing else except focusing and reading the article linked below. Once… Read more »

Bilinguals’ Expanding Developmental Advantages

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Description: There is pretty solid research evidence showing the cognitive developmental advantage among children who learn more than one language. More recent research, some undertaken by the author of the article linked below, looked at the relationship between being bilingual and the development of social skills. Before reading the article think a bit about what… Read more »

Ignoring Your Inner Yes-Man

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Description: Okay I am not going to provide a detailed introduction to this one. Go to the first article link below, to read the introduction, and then try and figure out the rule behind the number sequence shown. Try a few examples and on the basis of your feedback try and articulate in a simple… Read more »

Working Memory and Distraction

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Description: in your introductory or other psychology courses you’ve undoubtedly had some introduction to issues and concepts related to working memory and to the maintaining of attention (the opposite of course of which is distraction). So, think for a minute about how working memory and distractability might be related and then read the article linked… Read more »