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Post 1 (Can this question question be answered with at least 150 words and 1 peer reviewed reference)

The different parts of the brain have different functions as most of you are gathering - and for the most part, probably already knew. This also has a tie in with the first team assignment - so, here is question that will support these learning curves somewhat.

What is it that the parietal lobe supports in the attention process?

Post 2 (Respond to post in 150 words or more) with 1 peer reviewed reference

I really enjoyed this chapter.  Prior to reading it, I hadn't really thought about the difference between the sense of sight and the ability of cognition to produce imagery.  Visual imagery is such an important part of our everyday lives.  The text mentions that visuals can allow us to recall information that we don't know off of the top of our head, for example; how many cabinets are in your kitchen (Galotti, 2014).  However, it does so much more.  Have you ever thought about future plans and made mental imagery to go with it?  Maybe planning out and imaging a conversation you are stressed about, or what your wedding will look like.  The dual coding process describes our memory abilities that are tied with visual and auditory experience (Galotti, 2014).  For example; if I asked you to remember something from class, do you ever picture your notebook?  I remember doing that a lot in high school, if something was just out of memory I would try and visual the notes I took when learning or studying the material.  Memory can also rely on words.  If you don't have a visual for something, your memory may depend on the descriptive language of what you are trying to recall (Galotti, 2014).  What this chapter really demonstrated for me was how much I utilize my ability to visualize, it's how I go over my past experiences, how I relate to music and novels, how I plan future events, and so much more.  However, it's also interesting to note that our brain's visualizations are also distorted; they are not as precise at the true event, or a picture (Galotti, 2014).  Why are the distorted?  Do we not need to recall information and visuals exactly, or are our memories not advanced enough yet?


Galotti, K. M. (2014). Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications. 

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Visual perception is complicated because people’s cognitive systems are not adept at analyzing visual stimuli. To resolve visual ambiguities, people make unconscious assumptions that resolve the ambiguities. What are some examples of visual ambiguities that you have encountered today? What type of cognitive assumptions did you make to solve them?

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As you have read in this week’s readings assignment, perception involves identifying things through one’s senses. Unfortunately, each of the senses can be impaired. Discuss how perception can be impaired. Explain some methods you can use to cope with these impairments.

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