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WB 19th Sept 2011

This week was about how psychologists think memory works. We started with an introduction to cognitive psychology. The cognitive approach is about ‘internal mental processes’ like perception and memory. We cannot see inside the mind and have to therefore develop theories or models of how it might work. One of the oldest models is called the ‘multi store model’. It would appear that we can distinguish between LTM and STM but  it doesn’t explain all types of memory.

Clearly Clive Wearing is a good example of someone who seems to have problems with the transferrence of information from STM to LTM as his memory only lasts for about 30 seconds! Although this was interestng background,  the model you need to know is called “THE LEVELS OF PROCESSING FRAMEWORK”. You need to ensure you understand what the theory is and you need to be able to describe and evaluate it. You also need to be able to describe and evaluate the experiment that supports this theory.

You were able to test the capacity and duration of your own STM and as a class we supported the LoP theory.

HW: You have been directed to I Learn to print off a ‘blank glossary’ for a terminology test near Christmas (Ho Ho Ho!). You also need to print of a LoP glossary to learn the terminology for a test next week!  There is an interactive LoP quiz to do and most importantly you need to work through the NLN material on Ilearn. If you do this you will dramatically improve your success in thsi subject 🙂


Week beginning Monday 12th Sept

This week we considered how to find information using a variety of sources. I checked you had read through the specification (UNIT 1 and 2), and we were thrown in the deep end with psychological terminology – thanks to ‘Pasta Boy’. You had to consider the nature of scientific investigation and quickly realise that psychological finding rest on sound research methods. This means collecting data from representative samples. We also need to work out whether the IV has affected the DV of if any ‘change’ is just a fluke. We check this using inferential statistical tests. We ended the week with a lesson on sampling. You now know that there are many types of sampling techniques. Although a random sample is the ideal, it rarely ever happens and it has to be big enough to be truly representative. Most psychologists use O…….. or S…S…. samples which are not very R………. because………………

HW: Due on Monday 19th

My email:francesca       Pasta boy additional material                       GATEWAY HOMEWORK TASK – ETHICS.thompson@sussexdowns.ac.uk

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