Cognition (8th Edition) by Margaret W. Matlin

By Margaret W. Matlin

Margaret Matlin’s Cognition demonstrates how cognitive approaches are correct to daily, real-world stories, and often examines how cognition will be utilized to different disciplines reminiscent of medical psychology, social psychology, buyer psychology, schooling, communique, enterprise, drugs, and legislations. The eighth variation keeps to narrate cognitive issues to purposes in daily life. This version is absolutely up-to-date with learn and extra anecdotes. it is also extra study on neuroscience.

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More specifically, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is based on the principle that oxygen-rich blood is an index of brain activity (Cacioppo & Berntson, 2005b; Kalat, 2009; Szpunar, 2010). The research participant reclines with his or her head surrounded by a large, doughnut-shaped magnet. This magnetic field produces changes in the oxygen atoms. A scanning device takes a ‘‘photo’’ of these oxygen atoms while the participant performs a cognitive task. For example, researchers have used the fMRI method to examine regions of the brain that process visual information.

By comparing the two brain images, researchers can determine which parts of the brain are activated when the participant works on each task (Kolb & Whishaw, 2011; Szpunar, 2010). PET scans can be used to study such cognitive processes as attention, memory, and language. PET scans require several seconds to produce data, so this method is not very precise. , 2002). For example, you can scan an entire room in 2 or 3 seconds, so an average activity level for this entire scene would not be meaningful.

The results of this experiment would tell us something about the way memory operates. However, this task is probably low in ecological validity, because it cannot be applied to the way people learn in the real world (Sharps & Wertheimer, 2000). How often do you try to memorize a list of unrelated words in this fashion, when you study for an upcoming psychology exam? Most cognitive psychologists prior to the 1980s did indeed conduct research in artificial laboratory environments, often using tasks that differed from daily cognitive activities.

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