Much of cognitive psychology’s goal is to create and test models of cognitive processes. A model is a theoretical explanation of how the brain completes a particular process. Once a model has been hypothesized, experimental data is collected which either supports or fails to support the model. By this point in the course, you should
· be familiar with what a cognitive model is
· understand how they are developed and described
· be able to critically evaluate research that attempts to test the model
· be able to integrate findings of research with current existing models
· be able to differentiate a “phenomenon” or “results” from a model
The following assignment will put those skills to the test.
Outline a theoretical model of a cognitive process: your explanation must provide an outline of the complete model. The model must describe a cognitive process. Many of the models will have a graphical representation of the model. You may not include that graphic in your paper. Your description of the model must be in written form.
Be careful! Many of the models are developed based on a phenomenon. Although a description of the phenomenon may be important in order to fully describe your model, the phenomenon is not the model. For example, there is a phenomenon called “The Attentional Blink” and there are several models that attempt to account for (explain) this phenomenon. The goal for this paper would be to describe one of those models.
This portion of the paper should take approximately three (3) typed, double-spaced pages; however, the actual length will depend on the model chosen.
A list of possible models and their primary source are listed below. It is strongly suggested that you choose one of the models provided; however, it is possible to choose a different model. If you choose a model of your own, you must get the course instructor’s approval first. The model you choose must be recent (2000 or later) and must be one that accounts for a cognitive model.
Note: Many people in the past have tried to choose “Cognitive Behaviour Therapy” or something related to it. Even though it has the word cognitive in it, it is not a cognitive model and cannot be chosen as a topic for your paper.
All Psychology courses (unless otherwise stated) expect you to use APA formatting when completing written work.
List of Approved Cognitive Models
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