Advanced Cognitive Psychology Exam 1
 

Take-home Exam 1

Typed, double spaced is required. Limit yourself to two typed, double spaced pages for each question (it's a limit, not a goal, but if you actually have something to say, you may go a little over). When budgeting your time, remember that this is just one exam. The questions will seem involved, but I donít expect you to kill yourselves. The exam is due Monday, 10/9 (submit via email, name the file yourlastnameExam1; e.g. LangstonExam1). We'll have a chance to discuss it Monday, 10/2 in class.


Students in 6190 do 1 and 2. You may do all three if you don't want to put all of your eggs in two baskets. Students in 7190 do all three.

1. We started by discussing the human information processing paradigm. Outline briefly what you think to be three main aspects of the paradigm (choices are intellectual antecedents, pretheoretical ideas, subject matter, language, method, or analogies), and then describe how three of the readings embodied those aspects (one aspect per article). Also, describe one empirical study that we've seen that goes against the paradigm (it either adds to it or contradicts it).

2. Perhaps people talk on the phone and drive because they literally cannot tell they're not good at it (Sanbonmatsu et al., 2015). Or, maybe another reason (you develop a cognitive psychology/attention based alternative explanation). We're going to talk about strong inference to start class on the 2nd, but this is a strong inference question. Design a strong inference study to tease apart Sanbonmatsu et al.'s explanation and the one you propose.

3. We discussed the value of p-curves for determining if an effect is "real." Give it a try. Find a phenomenon that is suspicious to you, find at least 10 articles related to it and get at least one significant p value from each, and try out the p-curve web site to look at the results. For your report, provide me with your reference list, your raw data for your p values, and paste in the stuff the p-curve software wants you to generate. You don't have to go through all of the steps of justifying your article selection.

Advanced Cognitive Psychology Exam 1
Will Langston

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