Monday, January 31, 2011

Cognition Unit

Howdy, and sorry that I told you there was a link to all the Discovering Psychology videos on the blog... there was not. Proactive interference got the best of me and my memories of last year distorted my memories of what I put on the blog this year.

The whole Philip Zimbardo Discovering Psychology series can be found at this page. Once there click on the program you want to watch an look for thebutton which allows you to stream the "Video on Demand."

Friday, January 21, 2011

Can testing yourself actually make you learn and remember more? The short answer is, "YES!."

This article in the Science Section of the New York Times discusses research which shows that being tested on material is one of the best ways to study and REMEMBER new material.

Notice that retrieval practice works best for both direct and inference questions. This shows that retrieval practice not only helps us remember facts, but it helps us UNDERSTAND how those facts relate to each other and to our wider knowledge.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

How did Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords survive being shot in the head?

 Arizona Congressional Representative Gabrielle (Gaby) Giffords was shot in an assassination attempt as she met with people from her congressional district. She survived a point-blank shot through her brain. 13 others are also injured and tragically, 6 people were killed by the gunman before bystanders wrestled him to the ground.

Based on what you know about neuroanatomy, what might Congresswoman Giffords' recovery be like? What abilities may she lose due to this injury?

Why did doctors remove a large portion of her skull? Why is she being kept in a "medically induced coma?"

The site WebMD has a good set of answers to frequently asked questions

The New York Times also wrote about the issues around Rep. Giffords' injury.