-Ability to guide thinking and actions despite distraction
-Ability to guide attention
-Ability to pursue complex behavior
How many types of problems are there and who came up with them?
Three basic types of problems (Greeno, 1978)
Problem Solving Strategies: Algorithm
Step by step procedure to solving a problem that guarantees a solution
Problem Solving Strategies: Heuristic
Rules of thumb or mental shortcuts that reduce the number of operations and allow one to solve problems more easily and quickly
Strategy for finding a similarity between the new situation and old, familiar situation
Heuristic: Forming Subgoals:
Breaking the overall problem into separate parts that, when completed in order, will result in a solution.
Barriers to Effective Problem Solving: Irrelevant information
Getting bogged down in information that doesn't matter.
Barriers to Effective Problem Solving: Mental Set
The tendency to continue to use the same old method even though another approach might be better.
Barriers to Effective Problem Solving: Confirmation bias
We often search for information that confirms our ideas.
Decision Making-Availability heuristic:
Guessing the probability of something based on how quickly and easily information bearing on the decision comes to mind.
ex:Smoking doesn't harm unborn babies because my cousin smoked and her baby was fine.
Decision Making-Representative heuristic:
Guessing the probability of something based on how closely a new object is judged to resemble our existing stereotype of that object.
ex:You are tall, therefore you must be a basketball player.
The odds of two uncertain events together are greater than the odds of a single event.
Estimating based on a known standard
My friend was robbed yesterday, therefore crime rates are very high!
Making Decisions Under Pressure:
-Search for possibilities is reduced under uncertain conditions
-Less time -> BAD DECISIONS
-More emotion -> BAD DECISIONS
Metacognition (Thinking about thinking): Reviewing Memories:
-Considering past learning in order to understand events in the present
-Tip of the tongue: when we struggle to "know" what we know we know
Metacognition (Thinking about thinking): Self-Reflection:
Thinking about your own identities in order to evaluate and modify our behavior based on past experience.
Metacognition (Thinking about thinking): Theory of Mind:
Thinking about another person's feelings or intentions.
Theory of Mind:
-Children develop theory of mind gradually.
-Other forms of metacognition do not emerge until later.
the process of using movement to produce speech. Can also encompass signing by using hand signals.
the practical aspects of language usage, including speech pace, gesturing, and body language.
speech that consists of minimalistic sentences; characterizes early toddlerhood and is the first evidence of sentence formation.
A time during development after which it becomes more difficult to develop certain capabilities.
speech characterized by exaggerated emotional responses and a slower pace that is common among caregivers communicating with babies and young children.
The process by which elementary school children apply learned grammatical rules to improperly "correct" an irregular verb.
a region in the frontal lobes near the motor cortex that is important for speech production.
a neurological condition arising from damage to Broca's area where the patient is unable to produce coherent speech.
a neurological condition arising from damage to a brain region just anterior to Broca's area where the patient is incapable of using words in grammatical sequence.
a brain region located in the temporal lobe that is important for language comprehension.
a neurological condition associated with damage to Wernicke's area where a person cannot understand language.