Cognitive Psychology Discussion
What is your understanding of cognitive psychology? How does cognition play into one’s awareness, recollection, understanding, communication, and even learning? How does one’s cognition play a key role in one’s identity?
My name is Melissa Queen. I am 29 years old, originally from California but currently residing in Texas. I am a veteran, mother, and wife among various other things. I have very little energy to have any interests outside of my family and college. However, when I am feeling overwhelmed, I will play this old zombie video game on my Xbox. Currently, I am working towards earning a bachelors degree in psychology. Eventually my goal is to earn a masters degree but if I focus too hard on that now I will torture myself. My end goal is to work in a field like victim advocacy. While reading the material for this week I found myself thinking about thinking which is a mind game. I think we have all asked ourselves questions like why did I do that?. I would like to have a better understanding on how to answer that question. I want to have a better understanding about why we do or think the things we do. I think if we understand we are more likely to make better decisions and help others do the same.
My understanding of cognitive psychology was very basic. Prior to this weeks reading I only really understood it was the study of how we think and why we think certain things. I did not know the different concepts that fall under cognition. Schemas, or how we organize certain information, falls under our cognition. There is no awareness or understanding without cognition. This is because cognition encompasses all our thinking. The example of Knut in the reading is a great example of how cognition has to do with everything we do. Much like Knut I am reading while drinking my coffee and snacking on a lemon bar. Cognition has a hand in everything Im doing right at this moment. I am using my memory to hopefully, remember relevant information while in the background I am drinking coffee in order to help me stay awake longer to help me finish this assignment. How you process information and act on that information directly plays a role in your identity. For example, event schemas can change the way you react in a situation compared to the reaction of your peers. This could be because you perceive the situation differently.