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Cognitive Thinking

            Cognitive Psychology Application Paper.
             Cognitive psychology is the study of human behavior with reference and research to twelve areas, some of which are memory, pattern recognition, perception, attention, consciousness, imagery, and language. Like many working adults and students, I spend many hours on a computer to perform various tasks. Computers were invented impart to help aid and speed up the process of problem solving. They have made much of our lives easier and we depend on the heavily in today's world.
             In standard computer memory, information is stored in sections and can only be accessed by knowing its location or address. Information in computer memory forms no association with other pieces of information. That is there is no link. On the other hand, studies in cognitive psychology show that human memory forms associations with everyday experiences. Humans are able to form links between people, events and places, shaped objects and concepts, which allow us to build our own representation of the world as we see it. Human memory therefore works in an associative manner. .
             It is in these everyday events and occurrences that I have become aware of and victim to many of the theories that we have covered in this class. The Suffix Effect is when you add one additional item to a list, which does not need to be remembered and it blocks the person's ability to recall what was said last. This is why I constantly replay voice messages on my office phone when trying to write the message down. I may start recording a phone number from the message, but the person is still talking and I forget what number followed that last thing that I wrote down. Echoic storage is the ability to briefly preserve auditory information. This form of storage only lasts about 4 seconds. The "what phenomenon" is the delay of echoic information. I am very guilty of asking someone "what did you say" and then follow with "never mind" because I heard what they said in the back of my head afterwards.

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