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Homework 4 — a memory experiment October 20, 2006

Posted by Ron in 3790 Administrivia.

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.

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!