Cognitive Level of Analysis

Learning Outcomes for Cognitive Level of Analysis – to fill out with key words, research, studies, methods, researchers etc. :

Learning outcomes cognitive level of analysis overview sheet

Task: fill out this outline for this or any other Paper 1B – question that you can find in the psychology book:Create an outline – practice how to write an essay

Your EAQ (extended answer question) outlines:

Discuss ethical considerations related to research studies at the cognitive level of analysis Evaluate two models or theories of one cognitive process to research studies

Evaluate one theory of how emotions may affect one cognitive process

PowerPoint : writing essays in psychology


The Multi-store model – song

The working memory model – song

3.1 Cognitive level of analysis: cognitive processes p. 67-87

The Cognitive Process that we will study in depth is memory




Evaluation of Schema theory




how-brain-damage-affects-memory Music and amnesia by Oliver Sacks

Man without a memory – Clive Wearing [BBC – Time: Daytime]


H.M.’s Brain and the History of Memory

by Brian Newhouse: radio


Below an interesting website about perception and making sense of the world (useful for TOK as well):

Perception: From Five Senses Through Synesthesia and Beyond


Elisabeth F. Lofus homepage:

Here is a great video by Loftus on Ted about how reliable our memory is (thank you Joel):

Want to compete in memory or just want to know how good the world champions are? Check out the official website for: the Mind Sport of Memory and the home of the World Memory Championships, the greatest test of Memory in the world.

An Example of what one can compete in:

3. Historic / Future Dates

Aim: To commit to memory and recall as many fictional numerical historic/future dates as possible and link them to the right event.

Time to memorise 5 minutes

Time to recall 15 minutes

Swedish Memory Open 2011

33 namn på 5 minuter, Mattias Ribbing
168 siffror på fem minuter, Mattias Ribbing
29 historiska datum på, Mattias Ribbing
En hel kortlek på 1 minut 19.43 sekunder, Mattias Ribbing

Nytt världsrekord
132 historiska datum på fem minuter, Johannes Mallow, Tyskland

Use the Loci method to improve your memory: The Loci Method

Cultural factors affecting memory2



3.2 Cognitive level of analysis: cognition and emotion p. 88-92

Cognition and Emotion

Flashbulb Memory Theory

LeDoux outlines his theory of emotions and memory

Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, asks why we aren’t more compassionate more of the time.

When Emotions Make Better Decisions – Antonio Damasio  Here you can find information regarding his career in psychology studying facial expression, emotion, and deception.

Here is another video about emotions to consider (thank you Emily):

Another cognitive process: Decision Making

Decision Making PowerPoint


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