Video and Multimedia
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Video 1: Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Language (cont.); Vision and Memory
Learning Objective: LO 1,2,4
Summary: The majority of this lecture is spent on introducing students to major theories and discoveries in the fields of perception, attention and memory. Topics include why we see certain visual illusions, why we don't always see everything we think we see, and the relationship between different types of memory.
Video 2: Kafka's Cognitive Realism
Learning Objective: LO 1,2,7
Summary: A discussion of Dr Emily Troscianko's "Kafka's Cognitive Realism", which uses insights from the cognitive sciences to illuminate Kafka’s poetics, exemplifying a paradigm for literary studies in which cognitive-scientific insights are brought to bear directly on literary texts. Commentators from English, Psychology and Modern Languages bring insights from a variety of perspectives.
Video 3: Experiencing Language
Learning Objective: LO 4,5,6
Summary: Has language altered human emotions? We discuss and develop recent proposals that an important precondition for the evolution of human language was the evolution of social emotions in pre-linguistic humans. We suggest that as language evolved, it altered important aspects of human emotionality, leading to a co-evolutionary feedback between human linguistic ability and human emotions.
Audio 1: What Is It Like to Be a Baby: The Development of Thought
Learning Objective: LO 4,5
Summary: This lecture explores issues and ideas related to the branch of psychology known as cognitive development. It begins with an introduction of Piaget who, interested in the emergence of knowledge in general, studied children and the way they learn about the world in order to formulate his theories of cognitive development. This is followed by an introduction to the modern science of infant cognition.
Audio 2: Cognitive Psychology - Testosterone and City Traders - Suicide Bombers
Learning Objective: LO 2,3,5
Summary: Claudia Hammond talks to Dr. Itiel Dror, cognitive neuroscientist, whose groundbreaking studies first drew attention to the fact that individual forensic examiners can be swayed by context and affected by bias.
Audio 3: Personality predictors of intelligence
Learning Objective: LO 1,3,4
Summary: A study from the US suggests that personality predictors of intelligence change from younger to older adulthood and that disagreeableness is linked to higher intelligence in older people.
Website 1: Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Learning Objective: LO 1,2,3
Summary: Provides historical overview and theoretical summary explaining how cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of mind and intelligence, embracing philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology.
Website 2: Simply Psychology
Learning Objective: LO 1,2,3
Summary: The purpose of the site is to write engaging and informative articles in an academic style, but still clear and simple enough to be understood by psychology students of all educational levels.
Website 3: The Association for Psychological Science (previously the American Psychological Society)
Learning Objective: LO 1,2
Summary: The Association for Psychological Science was founded in 1988 by a group of scientifically oriented psychologists interested in advancing scientific psychology and its representation as a science at the national level.