Cognition & Technology
September 22
CEP 909
Fall 2005
Stuff by day

In class:

  • Surprise test! (not really a test, don't panic)
  • Discuss Readings & Homework
  • Discuss group ideas
  • Work on data
  • Discuss projects

Required Readings:

Anderson, J.R. (2005). Chapter 5: Abstraction of information into memory. In J.R. Andersons, Cognitive science and its implications (pp. 139-170). Worth Publishers: New York. (Download)


Suggested Readings:

Ashcraft, M. (1989). Chapter 5: Episodic-long term memory (pp. 187-245). In M. Ashcraft, Human memory and cognition. Scott, Foresman and Company: Glenview, IL. (Download)



Reminder: All work for the class is to be turned in electronically so that others in the class may access your work. Put it on your web-page, on the e-groups, or whichever way you can make your work publicly visible. Assignments due next Wed at 11:59 pm.

Your homework this week is to continue your path to becoming an experimental cognitive scientist. Pick a subject and test their long-term memory.

Tell your subject you are going to read them a list of 20 words, and their job is to remember as many as they can. There will be 5 seconds between each word for them to help commit it to memory. DO NOT tell them about the 2nd recall you will be doing later.

The list: Paper, Seat, Tire, Love, Beach, Analysis, conjuction, brush, chairman, accurate, woods, green, hunger, gift, keyboard, number, bottle, jogging, wheel, system.

Immediate Recall: Immediately test their recall, record which items were correctly recalled. Thank the person for their help, and tell them you are done with them.

Delayed Recall: One hour later, test their recall again (use a phone call if necessary).

Write-up your findings: Write up your findings, and try to explain the data in terms of long-term memory (ie., the readings for this week).

REFERENCE: Aggregated results

Decide on which of your issues are "bigger and more important than the others." Decide which games are of interest to you (pick 1-3) and some associated research questions.
Reminder: One goal in this class is to have an electronic portfolio ready soon, in which everyone can view your work. If you can get a website up this week, and post your assignment, that's great. Make sure you send everyone the link so they know where it is. If not, post it to the yahoo group and let people know where it is.
It's time to begin work on getting a portfolio up for this course if you have the web skills already. If you do not yet have web skills, it is time to start acquiring basic web authoring skills.
Reminder: Look at some other students work BEFORE you get to class on Thursday. Be prepared to talk about one other student's theory of mind in depth that you found particularly interesting or worth discussing.
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