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PSY270H1 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Baddeley'S Model Of Working Memory, Prefrontal Cortex, Simon Effect

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Gillian Rowe
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PSY 270: Study Guide for midterm
Study Guide for PSY270 midterm test
Scheduled for Monday, Oct 21st from 6:15pm to 8:15pm (2hrs).
There is no lecture after the test.
LOCATION: regular lecture hall – MP103
This study guide is designed to help you prepare for the forthcoming mid-term test. Please note
the exclusions listed from the textbook readings; although these sections are part of the required
readings, they will not be covered in the test (you should at least read through these sections
though, as they sometimes refer to other sections, plus, just because the material is excluded from
the test in no way suggests it’s not important to know). Some questions on the test may mention
names of specific researchers; however, enough information will be given that no questions will
hinge on remembering their names, so read the question carefully. There is some additional
information on studying for/writing tests at the end of this guide.
The Coverage
The following materials may be covered: the two coglabs and all lectures and text readings that
are not part of the following excluded material. Please do not ask if any unexcluded material is on
the test – assume it’s fair game. Exclusions (material that will not be on the midterm test) are
included below for each chapter. Material excluded from the text is also excluded from lecture.
You don't need to memorize brain structures, although you should understand the basic
importance of areas such as the pre-frontal cortex and hippocampus.
 Chapter 1: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology.
Exclusions: (1) Complete section titled “The Rebirth of the Study of the Mind” pp 12 –14.
(2) Subsection titled “Models of the Mind” page 17.
 Chapter 2: Cognitive Neuroscience
Exclusions: (1) Subsection titled “The Microstructure of the Brain: Neurons” pp.25-27. (2) Mini
subsection titled “METHOD Event Related Potentials” pp.34-36.
 Chapter 3: Perception
Exclusions: (1) Subsection titled “Perceiving Odor Intensity: Taking Sniffing into Account” p. 56
(2) All of section “Something to Consider: Mirror Neurons pp 75-76.
 Chapter 4: Attention.
Exclusions: (1) All of section titled “Overt Attention: Attending by Moving Our Eyes” pp. 98 -
top of 102. (2) “Something to Consider: Attention in Social Situations – The Case of Autism” pp.
 Chapter 5: Short-term and Working Memory.
Exclusions: (1) Subsection titled “Prefrontal Neurons that hold Information” pp. 139-140. (2)
Subsection titled “Brain Activation in Humans” pp. 140-141.
Note that some information included in Chapter 6 of the text has already been covered in lecture
(i.e., the serial position curve – we did the demo illustrating the LTM/STM distinction). You are
only responsible for the actual lecture material (i.e., you do not have to read Chapter 6).
Coglab Assignments
 You are responsible for material related to both the Simon Effect and Operation Span labs.
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