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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYC 2650
Professor
Anneke Olthof
Semester
Winter

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PSYC*2650: Cognitive Psychology Chapter Summaries Chapter 1: The Science of the Mind • Everything that we do, & everything that we feel or say, depends on our cognition. • Your ability to understand your world depends critically on knowledge you bring to the  situation. The Scope of Cognitive Psychology • When the field of cognitive psychology was first launched, it was generally understood as  the scientific study of knowledge. • What forces drive our decisions? • A huge range of our actions, thoughts, and feelings all depend on knowledge. • Our understanding of stories or ordinary conversations depends on memory, depends on  our drawing key bits of information from our storehouse of knowledge. • Without memory there is no self. o We know whether we’re deserving of praise for our good deeds or blame for over  transgressions because we remember our good deeds and our transgressions. o We know whether we’ve kept our promises or achieved our goals because, again,  we have relevant memories. • Cognitive psychology is defined as the scientific study of the acquisition, retention, and  use of knowledge. • Our emotional adjustments to the world rely on our memories.  • Our ability to understand a story we’
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