PSY 402 Discussion Questions Topic 1 till 8

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PSY 402 Discussion Questions Topic 1 till 8


PSY 402 Topic 1 Discussion Question 1: Describe the emergency of cognitive psychology and neuroscience – what promoted the development of these fields, and what is the significant about the shift from behaviourism to cognitive psychology and neuroscience? What can we understand about human behaviour because of neuroscience that we could not have understood before?

PSY 402 Topic 1 Discussion Question 2: Describe two methods of research for studying neural function (describe at least one that uses the behavioural or cognitive approach). How do these methods complement one another? What are limitations of each method?


PSY 402 Topic 2 Discussion Question 1: What does the case of Phineas Gage reveal about localization of functions in the brain? How can modern neuroscientists and psychologists learn from his injury?

PSY 402 Topic 2 Discussion Question 2: Given your understanding of the functions of the different lobes of brain, how might a person be affected by damage to the temporal lobe? Frontal Lobe? Occipital Lobe? Parietal Lobe?


PSY 402 Topic 3 Discussion Question 1: Choose a perceptual difference that demonstrates an irregularity or dysfunction in one of the projection pathways. Explain how it could affect everyday life.

PSY 402 Topic 3 Discussion Question 2: What are some of the differences in processing in the dorsal and ventral visual pathways? Imagine you have a friend who has an injured dorsal or ventral visual pathway, describe what that looks like, what deficits would be their daily functioning, what remains intact?


PSY 402 Topic 4 Discussion Question 1: Compare and contrast early and late selection models of attention, and provide examples of each.

PSY 402 Topic 4 Discussion Question 2: Describe blindsight and unilateral neglect and explain the contribution of these phenomena to researchers, understanding of consciousness and attention.


PSY 402 Topic 5 Discussion Question 1: Compare and contrast the four types of memory discussed in this week’s readings (from Chapter 9 of your textbook).

PSY 402 Topic 5 Discussion Question 2: Discuss one type of memory deficit, including what part of brain is affected and how memory process is interrupted.


PSY 402 Topic 6 Discussion Question 1: Discuss the affects of metacognitive regulation on memory performance.

PSY 402 Topic 6 Discussion Question 2: How can college students use the information on metacognition to improve their academic work? What strategies will you employ in your future academic work?


PSY 402 Topic 7 Discussion Question 1: Compare and contrast two different forms of aphasia. What part of the brain is specifically affected by each form and how would this affect the mental lexicon?

PSY 402 Topic 7 Discussion Question 2: Chomsky’s theory on the evolution of language suggests that language is generative, meaning that humans have the ability to create a number of unique sequences. Do you agree or disagree with his theory? Give concrete examples from your readings to support your answer.


PSY 402 Topic 8 Discussion Question 1: How does working memory relate to learning and intelligence?

PSY 402 Topic 8 Discussion Questions 2: Describe the differences between fluid intelligence and crystallized intelligence. Provide an example for each.