Ch 58: Human Attention & Cognition

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This chapter's video lessons cover theories and concepts related to human attention and cognition. Strengthen your understanding of intelligence, information processing and the types of attention.

Human Attention & Cognition - Chapter Summary

Using the video lessons in this chapter, you will refresh your knowledge of human attention and cognition concepts. The lessons cover a range of topics, including information processing, forms of intelligence and changes in attention span throughout life. You will also have the opportunity to delve into the history of intelligence testing. After studying the chapter's lessons, you should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the types of attention
  • Discuss factors involved in intellectual development
  • Understand the concerns about intelligence testing
  • Recognize the environmental and genetic factors in intelligence
  • Explain the Theory of Multiple Intelligences
  • Describe the link between divergent thinking and creativity
  • Define language and explain how it is acquired
  • List and describe the information processing steps

To make learning about human attention and cognition a convenient process, we offer short and engaging video lessons taught by professional instructors. Along with the videos, our lessons also include transcripts. Once you've studied, you can assess your comprehension of the material by taking the multiple-choice lesson quizzes.

11 Lessons in Chapter 58: Human Attention & Cognition
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Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

1. Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

We pay attention in various ways, every day. In this lesson, we will look into the four types of attention we consistently use and look at how attention spans change throughout a lifetime.

Selective Attention: Definition & Examples

2. Selective Attention: Definition & Examples

This lesson describes the phenomenon of selective attention, something you employ in your everyday interactions that helps you decide what gets your focus and what gets ignored.

How Divided Attention Affects Multitasking

3. How Divided Attention Affects Multitasking

In this video lesson, you will see how multitasking results in divided attention. You will then see how this divided attention results in poorer memory and less learning.

Studying Intelligence: History, Psychologists & Theories

4. Studying Intelligence: History, Psychologists & Theories

We all want to be smart in one way or another, but what exactly is general intelligence? This lesson takes a look at the possible factors behind intellectual development and how this controversial topic has been examined by psychologists.

History of Intelligence Testing in Psychology

5. History of Intelligence Testing in Psychology

Throughout the years, there have been many methods used that attempted to accurately quantify and measure human intelligence. You've probably heard of or taken an IQ test, but what does an IQ test actually measure? Find out in this lesson.

Studying Intelligence: Biological vs. Environmental Factors

6. Studying Intelligence: Biological vs. Environmental Factors

Have you ever wondered if your intelligence is entirely due to genetics or if it's shaped by the environment surrounding you? In this lesson, you'll learn about the factors that affect and influence a person's intelligence.

What is Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences?

7. What is Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences?

Which types of intelligence do you identify with? As you watch this video on Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences, you'll learn that intelligence can be a diverse concept not limited to one area.

Analytical Intelligence, Divergent Thinking & Creativity

8. Analytical Intelligence, Divergent Thinking & Creativity

Some people tend to think more analytically, while some are creative thinkers by nature. Is creativity an important skill for solving problems? In this lesson, we'll learn the differences between creative and analytical thinking and discover ways to nurture creative thinking.

What Is Language?

9. What Is Language?

Have you ever wondered how human language is constructed to form meaning? Why is language more complex than animal calls? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the basic units language and learn how meaning is formed.

Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

10. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

Have you ever wondered how humans are able to learn, process, comprehend and speak a language? In this lesson on language acquisition, we'll take a look at some distinctions between languages and learn how babies come to understand and speak a language.

Information Processing: Encoding, Storage & Retrieval

11. Information Processing: Encoding, Storage & Retrieval

How does your brain remember information and recall it later? In this lesson, you'll look at the steps your brain takes as it processes data from short-term memory and stores it as long-term memory.

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