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Ch 6: The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior

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Watch video lessons to learn how the brain processes information and why this is useful to cognitive theorists and their studies of human behavior. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

The Cognitive Model of Abnormal Behavior - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

There are a variety of approaches to explain and address abnormal behavior. In this chapter, you will see how adherents to the cognitive approach focus on brain activity and the processes of learning. After completing this chapter, you should be able to identify:

  • Cognitive model theories and treatments
  • Terminology associated with the cognitive approach
  • Aspects of language development
  • Learning techniques
  • Characteristics of memory
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the cognitive model

Video Objective
The Cognitive Model in Psychology and Abnormal Functioning Look at theories on abnormal behavior from a cognitive approach.
What is Cognition? Learn what cognition is and terminology associated with the concept.
What Is Language? Discover the complexity of language and how it is used to communicate meaning.
Language Acquisition Explore the process of learning to speak a language.
Information Processing Learn how the human brain takes in, processes, and stores information.
Categorizing Memory Look at how your brain categorizes information in order to form memories.
Attention and Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processing Learn two different ways the human brain can focus.
Perceptual Development Discover which senses are essential for survival and which ones develop over time.
Improving Short Term Memory Look at techniques that will actually increase short-term memory.
Improving Long Term Memory Learn some techniques that will improve long-term memory.
Memory Distortion See how the brain can compensate when taking in large amounts of information.
Heuristics Explore the human brain's processes of drawing conclusions.
Common Cognitive Treatments and Therapy Look at some treatments for abnormal behavior using the cognitive approach.
Assessing the Cognitive Model in Psychology: Strengths and Weaknesses Assess the cognitive model and address some strengths and weaknesses.

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