PSYC*2650: Cognitive Psychology
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
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’