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 »

Speed Reading: Resource for Beleaguered Students or Marketing Hype?

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Description: It is heading towards another exam time (of course it is!) and you are swamped with reading – maybe if you took a speed reading course your life would become manageable! Well, as we say in Psychology, how about looking to see if there is any data on the efficacy of that sort of… Read more »

Is Common Sense a Problem?

Posted by & filed under Assessment: Intellectual-Cognitive Measures, Basic Cognitive Functions In Aging: Information Processing Attention Memory, Cognitive Development: The Information-Processing Approach, Consciousness, Language-Thought.

Description: It is quite common for those talking about the nature of human rationality to point out that a number of the shortcuts or heuristics that we use in analyzing information that the world is presenting us may in fact lead us in the direction of making decisions that are ultimately less rational. This review… Read more »