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Homework 4 — a memory experiment October 20, 2006

Posted by Ron in 3790 Administrivia.
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As we discussed in class, there are many different factors that influence how well we remember or recall an item from memory. This fact is a clue about cognition — we do not always recall the instance that we would consider the “best” item, and small changes in the situation in which we experience something makes a big difference in how we remember it (take for example, those “flashbulb memories” that people have about experiences such as the Kennedy assassination or 9/11).

For experiment 4, you’ll be conducting a memory experiment on yourself to explore one factor in memory recall. I don’t want to say too much here, but there will be a full description when you’re done.

Homework 4 is due one week from today, in class.

Re: Homework 2 October 9, 2006

Posted by onnadi3 in 3790 Administrivia, homework.
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Hi all. A lot of people had problems with the following the questions in HW2: Theory 1 and Hypothesis 1. I think the following definitions will clear up some of the misunderstanding about those questions

Theory: a coherent group of general propositions used as principles of explanation for a class of phenomena e.g. Einstein’s theory of relativity.

Hypothesis: a proposition assumed as a premise in an argument.

I think these definitions will help anyone who sees`not a theory’ or `not a hypothesis’ on their sheet.

Week 6 lectures are up October 3, 2006

Posted by Ron in 3790 Administrivia, Uncategorized.
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Some notes on the midterm October 1, 2006

Posted by Ron in 3790 Administrivia, Midterm.
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Here are a few notes on the upcoming midterm exam:

  • I’m going to leave the study sheets as given for the summer session — you should look at the study sheets from chapters 1-4, along with the additional readings. In addition, you should browse through the talks, since those may also be referenced on the exam. Some critical additions from summer term: the additional material on analogy and the Biederman and Lowe models of vision.
  • There will probably be fewer multiple-choice and more short-answer questions on the exam.
  • For longer or more difficult questions, you may be able to pick the questions you want to answer (e.g., answering 3 of 5 questions). For example, I may ask you to describe a framework with some detail (e.g., Gentner, Tverksy, Biederman, Marr, Lowe) rather than answer a multiple-choice or fill-in-the-blank about a single aspect.

Good luck in your studies!