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Cognitive Psychology of Science

For cognitive psychology as long as the field has been in existence. The process of doing science is inherently a cognitive activity, and as one might expect, cognitive psychology and the study of science are natural allies. In fact, the cognitive psychology of science is one of the largest and most well-developed disciplines within the psychology of science. Cognitive psychology, more than any other subdiscipline of psychology, has devoted attention to scientific problem solving. In this chapter I review the relevant findings from three broad categories of cognitive psychology of science theory formation, theory change, and comparing expert to novice reasoning.2

About the Survey of Personal Beliefs

The Survey of Personal Beliefs reflects an approach to psychotherapy called rational emotive therapy, developed by psychologist Albert Ellis. Ellis argued that while people tend to believe they are anxious, depressed, or otherwise unhappy because of the things that happen to them, they are really distressed Ellis outlined numerous irrational beliefs that were especially prevalent among unhappy, distressed people, and the Survey of Personal Beliefs was developed by Howard Kassinove and Andrew Berger to reflect these common, irrational beliefs. As you can see from reading the items on this test, Ellis's list of irrational beliefs reflects a handful of common themes. One of these is that to feel worthwhile, we must be loved and approved of by virtually everyone. While most of us would agree that it is impossible for everyone to like or approve of us, many people feel genuinely devastated when they learn that a colleague or acquaintance harbors negative feelings about them. Many others...

Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive therapy helps people learn new ways of thinking about and then doing things. It's been shown to be helpful in treating addictions, phobias, and anxiety as well as insomnia. Cognitive therapy for insomnia focuses on changing the negative thoughts and beliefs about sleep into positive ones. People with insomnia tend to become preoccupied with sleep and apprehensive about the consequences of poor sleep. This worry and apprehension heighten arousal and further hinder the ability to relax. Basic elements of cognitive therapy include setting realistic goals and learning to let go of inaccurate thoughts or beliefs that can interfere with sleep. Categories of some of the most common thoughts include Cognitive therapy is often provided in combination with one or more behavioral therapies what's known as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Research has shown that CBT is more effective than any behavioral technique used by itself, and that it's more effective than sleeping pills. For...

Advances in Consciousness Research

Advances in Consciousness Research provides a forum for scholars from different scientific disciplines and fields of knowledge who study consciousness in its multifaceted aspects. Thus the Series will include (but not be limited to) the various areas of cognitive science, including cognitive psychology, linguistics, brain science and philosophy. The orientation of the Series is toward developing new interdisciplinary and integrative approaches for the investigation, description and theory of consciousness, as well as the practical consequences of this research for the individual and society. Touching for Knowing Cognitive psychology of haptic manual perception Edited by Yvette Hatwell, Arlette Streri and Edouard Gentaz

Some practical applications for visually impaired people

This overview of the studies contained in the present book shows that, while retaining the principal aim of studying the psychological processes at work in the cognitive functioning of touch, our attention has also been drawn to the practical consequences that the characteristics of this modality can have, especially in blindness, and to the means of taking these consequences into account. Of course, the book is not exhaustive and many aspects of the cognitive particularities of the tactile functioning of the sighted and the blind could not be examined in its limited framework. We hope however that it may interest not only students and researchers in cognitive psychology, but also practitioners (teachers, psychomotricians, education assistants, etc.) confronted with the problems of visual deficiency. This book may also be useful to the ergonomists who design sensory prostheses and adapt new technologies for the blind, and to the roboticians who need to know the role of tactile...

Psychology And The Psychology Of Science

In table i.i, I have listed some examples of major questions addressed by each of psychology's subdisciplines and whether each might also be a topic for psychologists of science. These questions are rather general and meant only to give a taste of the kinds of questions each subdiscipline addresses. For instance, to the degree that biological-neuroscience uncovers the neural mechanisms and anatomical architecture of sensory, perceptual, and cognitive processes involved in abstract, spatial, and quantitative reasoning, it sheds light on the neural and anatomical basis of scientific thought. Because cognitive psychology is con- Are cognitive models domain specific or general Yes

Unconscious Mental Processing

Moreover, a major theme of cognitive psychology over the last 20 years has been the phenomenon of nonconscious mental processmg, or what is referred to as implicit, nonconscious, or automatic thought and memory (Bargh & Char-trand, 1999 Schacter, 1987). By this, cognitive psychologists are referring to mental processes that are neither in awareness nor under intentional control, and thereby come close to Freud's definition of unconscious. Of course, Freud's concept of the unconscious was more dynamic, repressive, and inhibiting, but as we see next cognitive neuroscience is uncovering a similar kind of unconscious.

The Evolution of Art and Consciousness

A cynic might write the headline Psychologists Discover Darwin 140 Years After the Origin of Species as a comment on the new wave of psychologists, anthropologists, and brain scientists who, during the last decade or so, have combined modern evolutionary biology with cognitive psychology. The new discipline is called evolutionary psychology and has the prospect of uniting the many disparate branches of psychology and anthropology into a single organized system of knowledge (see Barkow, Cosmides, and Tooby 1992 Cosmides, Tooby, and Barkow, 1992).

The Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire

Steven D. Hollon of Vanderbilt University. For more information see S. D. Hollon, and P. C. Kendall (1980). Cognitive Self-Statements in Depression Development of an Automatic Thoughts Questionnaire. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 4, 383-95.

Paranoid Schizoid Position

Ambivalent feelings, of course, are not lhnited to therapy situations. Most people have both positive and negative feelings toward their loved ones. Conscious ambivalence, however, does not capture the essence of the paranoid-schizoid position. When adults adopt the paranoid-schizoid position, they do so in a primitive, unconscious fashion. As Ogden (1990) pomted out, they may experience themselves as a passive object rather than an active subject. They are likely to say He's dangerous instead of saying I am aware that he is dangerous to me. Other people may project their unconscious paranoid feelings onto others as a means of avoiding their own destruction by the malevolent breast. Still others may project their unconscious positive feelings onto another person and see that person as bemg perfect while viewing themselves as empty or worthless.

Managing Emotion and the Need to Establish Common Ground

Effective management of emotions enables us as medical professionals to control our own emotions when dealing with those of another. At times we may vehemently disagree with a patient's choice, either because of our personal beliefs or because of our medical knowledge. Mastering the management stage of emotional intelligence enables people to keep their emotions in perspective, as well as to help other individuals achieve emotional balance, even in the face of such conflicts.

Encephalitis lethargica

The latest research suggests that different parts of the brain may process emotions differently. Scientists have found that the frontal lobes of the left hemisphere display more electrical activity when subjects experience positive emotions such as enthusiasm or happiness, and the frontal lobes of the right hemisphere display more electrical activity when the subjects experience negative emotions such as disgust or sadness.

Comparing Reasoning And Heuristics Used By Scientists And Nonscientists

Between hypothesis and evidence goes on in groups.51 Perhaps that explains the apparent difference between Tweney's and Dunbar's results Tweney studied a detailed record of Faraday's experiments, and Dunbar focused on laboratory meetings. Here the cognitive psychology of science begins to merge with the social psychology of science conceptual change occurs in a group setting.

Social And Procedural Context

Control processes and how they are organized, or whether there are distinct mechanisms for different kinds of memories. Much of cognitive psychology has focused on identifying the component parts of systems such as decision making, attentional control, and memory, among other topics. This has been approached in two major ways by trying to identify behavioral dissociations in performance between different processes, and by trying to identify the similarities in performance between different processes. The logic of both approaches can also be applied to measures of brain activation.

Treat the Whole Thing as an Experiment

Many people think that emotions are based solely on events. If something bad happens, it seems that bad emotion will ensue. In addition, happiness seems to come from positive circumstances. This makes it even easier to understand why failure is so commonly feared. No one wants to experience the negative emotions that are sure to follow, not to mention the fiscal or relational damages that might occur.

Encourage What Cannot Be Done

People are much more likely to respect the leader who says why something has to occur and how it will affect them than the leader who paints a pretty picture that fails to materialize. Team members do not want to be told that everything will be OK, only to find out later that they were lied to in order to obtain buy-in. However, when answering What's in it for me be alert to the emotional courses that will naturally follow. Understand that your demeanor and attention to the needs of your team members can actually make the difference in whether they escalate negative emotions or proceed to productive management of these emotions.

Social Psychology of Science

Science is unquestionably a cognitive activity, but it is also unquestionably a highly social activity, with much work being done cooperatively or competitively with other research teams. The social-cognitive and attributional perspectives, with their emphasis on cognitive heuristics, biases, and causal explanations, can complement the work I cited on cognitive psychology of science (see chapter 4). Addressing the social factors involved in science, the field of social psychology of science finds itself in an unusual situation. It is potentially one of the richest and most stimulating areas in the psychology of science, but as yet it remains more latent than actual. One can very easily apply all the major social psychological phenomena social cognition, attribution theory, attitude and attitude change, competition, cooperation, conformity, gender, social influence and persuasion, and intergroup relations to the study of science and scientists, but as yet much of this work has not been...

Nighthawks An Example of Information Processing

The analytic operation of identifying the principal components of perception-cognition is particularly suitable to the study of vision, because the process seems to follow the flow of information from the presence of light energy, to the detection of that energy by the eye, to the transmission of the signal to the visual cortex in the brain, to the cognitive interpretation of signals throughout the brain. This flow of information (physical energy eye visual cortex associative cortex) is compatible with a major theoretical paradigm in cognitive psychology called the information processing paradigm.

Effects of the Experimenter on the Experiment

Social psychology of science has begun to shed light on these experimenter and observer effects, which will increase our understanding of the social cognitive processes involved in the creation and development of scientific knowledge. In the words of the social psychologist Arie Kruglanski Cognitive and motivational biases that influence scientific conclusions are fundamentally inevitable and are an integral part of how all knowledge is acquired. Rather than regarding them as impediments to truth, it may be more practical to take them into account to improve the quality and persuasiveness of one's research. 6 It would not be an exaggeration to say that the whole field of experimenter effects could be categorized as a subdiscipline of social and cognitive psychology of science. Indeed, this body of work provides a prototypic example of how social psychology has much to offer science studies and how it implicitly has been doing so for years.

Continuous or discontinuous pitches in speech

A more decisive indication of the musicality of speech can be obtained by summing the pitches used in speech, as shown in the following experiment. A group of 24 20-year old undergraduates (8 female, 16 male) read aloud 12 sentences in the Japanese language. Many had taken piano lessons as children, but none were active musicians. Four sentences were concerned with affectively happy events four concerned unhappy events and four were explicitly ambiguous. Prior to reading aloud these sentences of 1-2 second duration, the subjects read a short (3-4 line) scenario that set the scene for the emotional sentences. The emotional sentences were constructed to convey stereotypical positive and negative emotions of the kind that a typical 20-year-old might actually experience (e.g., I won a computer in the lottery and My grandfather died last night ), and situations that were ambiguous with regard to affect ( I am not sure if I should go or not. ). A typical recording (with pauses removed) is...

Three Step Process to Mentorship

Vision of the leader not because they are being guided systematically but because they know and believe it is the right thing to do. As part of the mentoring process, the leader has established core beliefs that guide constituents in the decision process. While it may be impossible for a person in a supervisory position to get out of the way completely, it is possible for managers to step back and allow the results of their mentoring efforts to flourish. In this way, we set the example, then set it free.

Downloadable Competency 3 Evaluating Emotional Components of Communication Transactions

For feedback, both of which indicate that clear communication is not taking place. Further, negative emotions can provide warning that an uglier, more counterproductive emotion may be just around the corner. An expression of a negative emotion in a team setting is actually a benefit in that way, although many leaders prefer not to acknowledge it because they would rather press on with a particular agenda.

Language experience alters perception

The thesis developed here for the phonetic level of language is that ambient language experience produces a mapping that alters perception. A research finding that helps explain how this occurs is called the perceptual magnet effect. It is observed when tokens perceived as exceptionally good representatives of a phonetic category (prototypes) are used in tests of speech perception (Kuhl, 1991b). The notion that categories have prototypes stems from cognitive psychology. Findings in that field show that the members of common categories (like the category bird or dog) are not equal An ostrich is not as representative of the category bird as a robin a terrier is not as representative of the category dog as a collie. These prototypes, or best instances of categories, are easier to remember, show shorter reaction times when identified, and are often preferred in tests that tap our favorite instances of categories (Rosch, 1977). This literature motivated us to test the concept that phonetic...

Seizures in Later Life

Summary Seizures in Later Life, a videotape, is for older persons with epilepsy, their families, and others interested in the impact of epilepsy on senior citizens. Epilepsy and seizures are as likely to begin occurring in a person's 60's, 70's, or 80's as they are in the first 10 years of life there are about 300,000 older Americans with epilepsy today. People can develop seizures in later life due to head injuries, brain tumors, stroke, or for no apparent reason. The videotape features a neuropsychologist and a clinical pharmacist who help educate people about the nature of epilepsy in later life including causes, treatment, and the appropriate response to seizures. Four older persons share what they have learned about coping with lifestyle changes, safety issues, and overcoming negative feelings about epilepsy. Persons with epilepsy must know that medicines can produce side effects and these should be reported to their doctors. Complex partial seizures are the most common in older...

The easy problem of cognition

As a consequence of the fact that (i) neurophysiology has provided a solid foundation for understanding the functions of real neurons and the fact that (ii) computer science has demonstrated how highly-simplified, simulated neurons can perform logical tasks, most scientists make the leap of faith and believe that cognition - including human cognition - is due to the operations of many neurons acting in a coordinated manner. While many details remain to be clarified concerning both the circuitry and the temporal patterning of neuronal firing (Chapter 7), there appears to be no obstacle to explaining complex cognitive functions on the basis of quite simple non-cognitive neuronal units. In other words, the bedrock belief in modern neuroscience is that the physical substrate of cognitive psychology is neuronal circuitry and therefore that all non-neuronal (physical, chemical, biological and social) influences on cognition have their effects directly or indirectly through neurons.

The Rewards of Belief Behavior Alignment Are Often Subtle or Intrinsic

Society as a whole tends to extrinsically reward specific behaviors through salaries, high grades, promotions, financial incentives, and job status (Joshua-Amadi, 2002 Feinstein, 2003). Society, cannot, however, delve into the vast resources of heart and mind and survey a person's actual beliefs and principles. Only through overt or covert expression do these beliefs manifest themselves, and these expressions are all we have by which to judge a person's inner beliefs or values.

Formulation of health policy

The political reality that the ministers wish to retain their posts and the party wishes to remain in power. Beyond these simple principles and a few political fashions health policies and priorities are a set of compromises between the Department of Health, the Treasury, party ideologues, the BMA, the universities, the Royal Colleges, the patients even. A complex web of mutual dependencies supporting a shifting assembly of pacts and bargains, both formally negotiated and tacitly understood ,2 or to quote another writer, policy paradigms are a curious mix of psychological assumptions, scientific concepts, value commitments, social aspirations, personal beliefs and administrative constraints .3 However capricious policy may eventually seem to the end user, it must, in addition, be formulated within inescapable and constantly fluctuating constraints such as demographic change increasing the numbers of the elderly, European law changing workers' hours, unpredictable economic growth, the...

Results of Emotional Coaching

Of course, we do not know this man, nor can we say with certainty that he ever had any problems with emotions getting in the way. Unless he was superhuman, however, it is likely that he did. On the days when he felt happy or positive it was probably much easier to take a customer-centric view than on the days when he did not. Likewise, it is easier for a nurse to take a patient-centric view when she is comfortable emotionally and not struggling with negative feelings. She needs to identify, understand, and manage those feelings to align her behavior with her core beliefs. Emotional coaching can help sharpen that ability in the nurse. Especially when emotions are involved, this can be some of the most difficult feedback to give. Such feedback may involve explaining why emotions were inappropriately managed or allowed to facilitate a line of thinking that led to an unsatisfactory behavior. Because of the intimate relationship between a person and his or her emotions, this can be more...

The Phenomenal Experience of Mental Imagery

If we are tempted by the model of visual perception shown in figure 4.3 above, then we will be equally, if not more, tempted by the view that in the absence of input from the eyes, the inner display in that figure can also be filled from memory or from reasoning (since according to that view there is top-down involvement in painting the inner picture, even in vision). According to that view of visual perception, we have a display surface with the nonconceptual content corresponding to our experience so it would be logical that we might use that display to imagine as well as to see. This is indeed the received view in much of cognitive psychology (Kosslyn 1980, 1994), neuroscience (see the commentaries appearing with my article in Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Pylyshyn 2002a), and even a fair amount of philosophy (see, e.g., the essays reprinted in Block 1981 Tye 1991). Although it is not generally acknowledged (in fact it tends to be vehemently denied), the driving force behind this...

Stage 3 Facilitating the Resolution

Human emotion constitutes a powerful part of any conflict (Vargo, 1997), whether the battleground is a country or a nursing unit. In many instances, individuals become locked into feelings and maintain negative emotions that persist long after the initial issue of the conflict is eliminated. Emotions tend to obscure the real source of conflict, creating roadblocks to resolution. For this reason, feelings must be addressed and emotions controlled before any progress can be made toward a solution (Smith, Tutor, and Phillips, 2001).

The Negative Mood Regulation Scale

This is a questionnaire to find out what people believe they can do about upsetting emotions or feelings. Please answer each statement by giving as true a picture of your own beliefs as possible. Of course, there are no right or wrong answers. Remember, the questionnaire is about what you believe you can do, not about what you actually or usually do. Be sure to read each item carefully and show your beliefs using the guidelines below

What Are the Objectives of Infusing Empathy into the Work Culture

Empathy in the work culture accomplishes several results. First, where empathy is present, there will be a sense of collegiality among workers, leading to improved teamwork. Second, empathy allows leaders and other team members to diffuse any negative emotions that may be contributing to ineffectiveness. Third, empathy provides channels for understanding and sharing visions for accomplishment and achievement. In the end, a sense of empathy in the culture is barely noticed, but it is reproduced in very tangible ways. The maturing team will move from clearly defined attempts to see things from another person's viewpoint to unconsciously making that part of its collective thought process.

Overt Manifestations of Empathy at Work

Over time, empathic behaviors evolve into a framework for processing emotions. Using the continuum concept that was proposed by Cooper and Sawaf (1997), we can visualize an empathy continuum, on which emotions are processed at varying levels of empathy. For example, when a team member with low levels of empathy, Sally, offers her opinion, another team member, Jack, with a differing opinion might stir up feelings of contempt, which might ultimately lead to isolating Sally's views as irrelevant. On the other end of the spectrum, a team member with high empathy, Anne, might offer the same opinion as Sally, but Jack will probably process his differing opinion in an entirely different and more productive way.

Creating a Team Culture That Responds Effectively to Change

Besides being boot camp for effective team interactions, all meetings serve a specific purpose. Meetings are called for the purpose of focusing on one specific goal or group of objectives, whether it is to communicate departmental issues or to work on an innovation by collecting viewpoints. The team leader must set the groundwork for respectful meetings in which agendas are followed, feelings and concerns are acknowledged, and negative emotions are not allowed to fester and impede the work of the group. At times, managing emotion and taking time for empathy involves stepping back and stepping away from the agenda. Meetings replete with emotional content will take time, but this time should be allotted, even if an issue needs to be tabled until a separate session. It is not wise to rush a purposeful meeting whose impact will be felt for some time to come (Wall, Solum, and Sobol, 1992). The key is effectively acknowledging emotions related to issues and not allowing them to get out of...

Summary And Clinical Implications

The second issue concerns day-to-day therapeutic management of mood disorders. The pattern of memory problems, e.g. in depression, suggests that work on timetabling and diary management would not only be pragmatically helpful but would also mitigate against further damage to self-esteem arising from the forgetting of important information. Similarly, cognitive therapy with mood-disordered individuals revolves around working with autobiographical material and using it to challenge core beliefs and assumptions about the self. If mnemonic access to this material is slanted in a negative direction in mood-disordered individuals, then extra therapeutic work is indicated to generate positive memories for use in the cognitive therapy process. The third issue relates to the research techniques themselves as much as to the findings they have generated. Cognitive psychology paradigms, such are those described in the present chapter, may provide a useful objective measure of mood disorder and...

Psychotherapy In The Twentyfirst Century

What exactly is psychotherapy It is a systematic method of treatment in which the psychiatrist and the patient discuss troubling feelings and problems during regularly scheduled meetings. Together, they find solutions to the underlying roots of these issues. There are many types of psychotherapy, such as those that help patients explore past relationships, discuss repressed feelings, or change thought patterns or behaviors. For most people, psychotherapy conjures up images of Sigmund Freud and classic psychoanalysis. This intensive form of individual psychotherapy involves four or five sessions per week over the course of several years. Psychoanalysts help patients recall and examine past events and memories to help them better understand their present behavior. Other commonly used forms of talk therapy include psychodynamic psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, cognitive therapy, and couples and family therapy.

Creative Problem Solving Versus Creative Display

Many creativity researchers suggest that an idea's creativity should be measured by two criteria novelty and utility. Utility concerns the idea's appropriateness for solving a well-defined problem. Novelty is somewhat incidental, reflecting the difficulty of solving that problem and thus how rarely people have solved it in the past. In this problem-solving perspective, human creativity is subject to the same bottom line as R & D divisions in a corporation. The blue-sky dreaming has to yield dividends sooner or later novelty cannot be justified as an end in itself, only as a means of finding otherwise elusive solutions. Cognitive psychology is especially concerned with problem-solving. Since Herbert Simon's work on artificial intelligence and problem-solving in the 1950s, cognitive psychology has gradually taken over creativity

Plcitec isms of Rogerss Theory

Rollo May (1982) points out that the issue of excessive optimism about human nature is not simply a philosophical disagreement but has implications for therapy. According to May, their neglect of the evil side of human nature has left client-centered therapists unprepared to deal adequately with negative emotions, including anger and hostility, in their clients. He says that culture, through its values and myths, must provide positive direction for people's growth since human growth is not always toward the good, contrary to the hypothesized actualizing tendency. Growth can also be, like cancer, destructive (DeCarvalho, 1992). David Bakan (1982) suggests a resolution of the philosophical side of the issue. He distinguishes between the level of the individual and the collective level. Behavior that is good at an individual level (e.g., responsibly doing one's job) may be evil when considered collectively (e.g., the Nazis exterminating masses of Jews in concentration camps). It is...

The Emotional Motivational Repertoire

Theorist Skinner Images Ecd Playroom

Interests and values, such as those measured in some personality tests, predispose a person toward certain careers. Religion incorporates emotional learning. Positive emotions foster friendship. On the other hand, social prejudice against minorities includes the learning of negative emotions against them. Cultural differences in social interaction occur for example, Chinese people generally learn more positive emotional responses to older people than do Americans (Staats, 1996, p. 127).

Self Efficacy and Shyness

To test this model, Caprara et al. collected data over a 2-year time period on Italian adolescents between the ages of 14 and 17. At thne 1, the sample averaged 15 years of age, and at time 2, they averaged 17 years of age. Such a longitudinal design allowed Caprara and colleagues to test the causal sequence from thne 1 to thne 2. Measures included self-efficacy to regulate negative emotions and to manage positive emotions. Example items included I can calm myself in stressful situations and I can feel gratified over achieving what I set out to do. Interpersonal self-efficacy was measured by a 30-item questionnaire and included efficacy questions about people hi general as well as parents. Emotional stability (neuroticism) was measured by a 24-item scale of an Italian version of the Big-Five Questionnaire. Only shyness was assessed at thne 1 and time 2. Results showed there were tlnee gender differences Boys were better at regulating negative emotions and emotional stability, and ghls...

Empirical Studies of Defenses

What could be more threatening than awareness that we will die Terror management theory describes the impact of the anxiety of death, proposing that people make defensive efforts to maintain positive self-images and cling to their cultural worldviews in order to ward off such anxiety. By maintaining the belief that I am a valuable participant in a meaningful universe, a person defends against unconscious death anxiety. For example, death threats triggered by terrorist attacks lead to an increase in patriotism and religious sentiment. If death threatens more immanently, active suppression or cognitive distortions also are activated, such as disbelieving reports that behaviors we engage in have been found to lead to premature death (Pyszczynski, Greenberg, & Solomon, 1999). In addition to correlational measures of defense, researchers have further explored defensive processes in experimental laboratory studies. Consider a repressive coping style people whose bodies show physiological...

Neuropsychological Dissociations Between Visual Working Memory And Spatial Working Memory

Corsi Block

The combination of visual and spatial working memory has a long history in neuropsy-chology as well as in cognitive psychology. A well-established syndrome in classic neuropsychology was known as Charcot-Wilbrand syndrome, and refers essentially to a deficit in visual imagery (for discussion, see Solms et al., 1996). Charcot & Bernard (1883 Young & Van De Wal, 1996) reported a patient, Monsieur X , who had sudden onset of a clear deficit in forming visual images of objects, such as monuments and buildings, and of familiar people, such as close relatives. He also was unable to use an imagery mnemonic that he had used prior to the brain damage for remembering and reciting poetry. Wilbrand (1887) reported another patient, Fraulein G , who suffered from an abrupt onset (probably a stroke) of a severe topographical amnesia, e.g. she was unable to report details of locations or routes in her native city of Hamburg, neither could she navigate around this city, in which she had lived for many...

Stages of Adlerian Psychotherapy

3- Clarification Stage Clarify the client's core beliefs about self, others, and life. Adler was innovative in his therapeutic techniques. He once got a patient whose speech was extremely slow, the result of depression, to speak more quickly simply by continuing to ask questions at a normal pace, whether the patient had finished responding yet or not (Dreikurs, 1940 1982). A behaviorist might say that he succeeded by withholding reinforcement (attention) for slow speech. Indeed, Adlerian therapy is essentially a primitive version of operant conditioning (Pratt, 1985). It seems reasonable, then, that behavioral psychology journals have been the major publication outlet for studies of one of Adler's emphases, parenting training programs (Wiese & Kramer, 1988). Behavioral psychologists have also applied their methods to interventions in schools, another of Adler's primary efforts (Kratochwill & Martens, 1994 Repp, 1994). Behaviorists emphasize that it is important to analyze the function...

About the Negative Mood Regulation Scale

And Jack Mearns developed this test to learn more about people who seem to be naturals when it comes to coping with negative moods, the sort of people who have a knack for helping themselves feel better when they experience one of those dark, frightening days. The ability to regulate negative moods seems to begin early in life. Children as young as age six begin to cope differently with bad feelings. Some young children have clear beliefs about what they can do to get past feelings of sadness, fear, or anger, while others feel relatively helpless in the face of these negative emotions. At the other end of the life cycle, Catanzaro found that elderly women who coped well with the stress of caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease scored higher on this test. Catanzaro, Mearns, and a number of other researchers have collected an impressive body of evidence that shows that throughout life, people who receive high scores on this test do cope more effectively with stress. Catanzaro and...

Important Persons in the History of the Relational Approach

Young children are very needy they relate to part objects (such as the breast) instead of the whole parent their ambivalent feelings cause guilt about their negative feelings about their parents. individual experience with relationships, especially early relationships. Drew Westen and his colleagues have developed an instrument to measure affect regulation styles, using a Q-sort technique in which clinical judges sort statements describing each patient's emotions into nine piles, according to how well they describe the person the Affect Regulation and Experience Q-Sort (the AREQ). They suggest that psychological problems are more severe among people who have difficulty regulating strong negative emotions (Westen, et al., 1997).

The Idealized Self Image

Feeling alienated from themselves, people need desperately to acquire a stable sense of identity. This dilemma can only be solved by creathig an idealized self-image, an extravagantly positive view of themselves that exists only in their personal belief system. These people endow themselves with infinite powers and unlimited capabilities they see themselves as a hero, a genius, a supreme lover, a saint, a god (Horney, 1950, p. 22). The idealized self-image is not a global construction. Neurotics glorify and worship themselves hi different ways. Compliant people see themselves as good and saintly aggressive people build an idealized hnage of themselves as strong, heroic, and omnipotent and detached neurotics pahit their self-portraits as wise, self-sufficient, and independent.

Unconscious Cognition

Unconscious cognition and memory can be understood as cognitions that are not expressed verbally. Often they are emotional. Memoiy researchers in cognitive psychology distinguish between explicit (controlled, conscious) memories and implicit (automatic, unconscious) memories, and this distinction offers an understanding of the unconscious if we consider explicit memories to be conscious such as our ability to tell about episodes from childhood experience and implicit memories to be unconscious such as the emotions that we experience but cannot verbalize CBrainerd., Stein, & Reyna, 1998).

Parental Behavior and Personality Development

The trait of neuroticism in parents contributes to their abuse of children, apparently by making the parents less able to tolerate the negative emotions that come from stressful interactions with their children (Belsky, 1993 McCrae & Costa, 1988). Longitudinal research shows that parental acceptance and nonauthoritar-ian punishment in childhood predict higher ego development at age 30, particularly for females (Dubow, Huesmann, & Eron, 1987). Studies of parenting styles have been based on Baumrind's (1967, 1971) descriptions of various types of parenting. As Horney expected, neglectful parents have children who have greater difficulties. Authoritative parents, who provide both direction and acceptance, rear children who are better adjusted (Lamborn, Mounts, Steinberg, & Dornbusch, 1991).

The Most Important Ingredients of Nurse Training

As we consider this, we should review what recent literature has said about emotional skill in an age of rapid change. While some journals stress the need for increased technical competence (De Ville, 2001 McCannon and O'Neal, 2003 McNeil, Elfrink, Bickford, and Pierce, 2003 Sokol and Molzen, 2002), others emphasize that emotional skill is needed now more than ever. Human connection counterbalances stress and inspires the best in people, notes Segal (2002). She advises nurse leaders to connect to your staff in a way that lets them know you understand and recognize what they actually do. Pick up the phone and make the time to listen. You can be interdependent with no loss of authority or respect and unburden yourself of stress at the same time (Segal, 2002, p. 44). For all kinds of jobs, emotional intelligence outweighs the importance of technical skills and IQ combined at least twofold (Strickland, 2000). Simpson and Keegan (2002) ask whether we are forgetting about emotional...

Eliminating Low Expectancies

Therapists can also help patients look at the long-range consequences of their behaviors and to understand that many maladaptive behaviors produce secondary gains that outweigh the patients' present frustration. For example, a woman may adopt the role of a helpless child in order to gam control over her husband. She complains to her therapist that she is dissatisfied with her helplessness and would like to become more independent, both for her sake and for the benefit of her husband. What she may not realize, however, is that her current helpless behavior is satisfyhig her basic need for dominance. The more helpless she acts, the more control she exercises over her husband who must respond to her helplessness. The positive reinforcement she receives from her husband's recognition is stronger than her accompanying negative feelings. In addition, she may not clearly see the long-range positive consequences of self-confidence and independence. The task of therapists is to train patients...

The Importance of Analogy Metaphor and Visualization in Creative Theory Formation

One overarching theme to the cognitive psychology of science literature, especially those studies that focus on analogy, metaphor, and visualization, as well as on theory change and hypothesis testing, is the widespread use of various kinds of strategies, or heuristics, used often implicitly and sometimes explicitly to solve problems. Ryan Tweney defines heuristic as the strategies that are chosen to organize the path from a starting point to some goal. 17 As we will see in this and the next section, there are many different kinds of heuristics applied in scientific problem solving and hypothesis testing that have a bearing on adapting theory to new and changing evidence. Some of the more common heuristics are the use of analogy, metaphor, and visualization.

About the Editors

Alan Baddeley was Director of the Medical Research Council Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge, UK for over 20 years. He is now a research Professor of Cognitive Psychology at the University of Bristol. He is a cognitive psychologist with broad interests in the functioning of human memory under both normal conditions and conditions of brain damage and stress.

Series Foreword

This series presents definitive works on cognition viewed from a psychological perspective, including undergraduate and graduate textbooks, reference works, research monographs, and edited volumes. Among the wide variety of topics addressed are perception, attention, imagery, memory, learning, categorization, language, problem solving, thinking, and cognitive development. Although the primary emphasis is on presenting psychological theories and findings, most volumes in the series are interdisciplinary, attempting to develop important connections between cognitive psychology and the related fields of anthropology, computer science, education, linguistics, neuroscience, and philosophy.

Working Together

Because cognitive psychology and neuroscience usually ignore human courtship behavior, this book discusses very little of the research areas I was trained to pursue. Such research reveals how human minds process information. But evolution does not care about information processing as such it cares about fitness the prospects for survival and reproduction. Experiments that investigate how minds process arbitrary visual and verbal information shed very little light on the fitness costs and benefits of the human abilities that demand evolutionary explanation, such as art and humor. Conversely, some less well-funded research on individual differences, personality, intelligence, and behavior genetics has proven surprisingly useful to me. Such research bears directly on the key questions in sexual selection how do traits differ between individuals, how can those differences be perceived during mate choice, how are those differences inherited, and how are they related to overall fitness Its...


In the brain, persistent negative memories are thought to be mediated by the amygdala and other limbic areas that respond to fear, anxiety, and emotionally charged information. Several types of psychiatric disorders involve persistent, negative memories. Depression and persistent negative thoughts are linked in a vicious cycle as the depressed person ruminates over real or imagined unpleasant events, his or her self-esteem erodes and the dysphoric mood deepens.

Related Research

During the last 5 to 10 years, the scientific status of Freudian theory lias begun to change, at least among certain circles of cognitive psychologists and neuroscien-tists. Neuroscience is currently experiencing an explosive growth through its investigations of brain activity during a variety of cognitive and emotional tasks. Much of this growth has been due to brain imaging technology afforded by functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that maps regions of the brain that are active during particular tasks. At about the same time, certain groups of cognitive psychologists began doing research on the importance of nonconscious processing of information and memory, or what they called implicit cognition. John Bargh, one of the leaders in the field of social-cognitive psychology, reviewed the literature on the auto-maticity of being and concluded that roughly 95 of our behaviors are unconsciously determined (Bargh & Chartrand, 1999). This conclusion is completely consistent with...


While the ability to respond literally to simple questions and to produce syntactically-coherent propositional statements is a prerequisite to more complex language usage, verbal exchanges among normal people rarely remain at the literal level. If you don't laugh at my jokes, don't respond appropriately to my metaphors, don't grasp the gist of my argument or if you giggle in response to my unhappy news, we do not understand one another in the sense that we normally use the word understand . It may be the case that literal language use and non-metaphoric information exchanges constitute the foundation on which metaphoric language is built, but the syntactic and literal semantic issues that have been the primary topic of traditional linguistics - and are the language strengths of the LH - are closer to the starting point than the completion of an understanding of characteristically human communications. In an extensive review of the cognitive psychology of non-literal language use,...

Thinking and Feeling

Like Freud, Jung observed that emotion and thought are not always consistent. Thinking and feeling are alternative ways of making value decisions or judgments. Some people decide what is worthwhile by how they feel emotionally. They make choices that increase positive emotions, such as excitement, pleasure, or joy. They avoid doing what brings negative emotions, such as anxiety, pain, or sorrow. Other people think things through logically, considering reasons and principles. The difference between thinking and feeling types is portrayed in the Star Trek television series by Mr. Spock, a logical and unemotional thinking-type Vulcan, contrasted with Dr. McCoy, a feeling-type human (Barry, 1991)- Typical of opposite types, they struggle to relate to the other's experience, and their interactions tend to be abrasive because of their psychological differences. Michael Malone (1977) lists additional examples of feeling types (Emily Dickinson, Albert Schweitzer, and Vincent van Gogh) and of...

Leader Self Care

Lachman (1998) provides additional suggestions to help nurse leaders take care of themselves while watching over those under their leadership. The suggestions include identifying your core beliefs and values, making sure that you are taken care of in addition to everyone else, and taking care to understand how you perceive an issue before responding. Using these self-care tips requires emotional skill, too, which is a primary reason that the nurse leader should have it.


The capacity for the human hormone melatonin to modulate the circadian rhythm has led to its use in the treatment of sleep disorders associated with jet lag. In one study of 17 subjects during a period of two weeks following a flight from London to san Francisco, melatonin significantly reduced the negative feelings of jet lag and significantly increased alertness. Those who received melatonin also reported they fell asleep much more easily and slept better than they otherwise would have expected. Melatonin is available without prescription in most health-food stores.


From the point of view of cognitive psychology, neurons are rather simple things. To be sure, the topic of consciousness makes the argument more involved (see Part II), but strictly within the framework of neuronal information-processing the functions of neurons are well-understood and easily simulated in computers. As far as is known, a neuron has significance for cognition only when it generates an action potential that leads to the release of neurotransmitters at synapses. The strength of the synaptic effect and the frequency of firing can vary continuously from small to large values, but the synaptic polarity is normally fixed as either excitatory or inhibitory for all the axonal synapses of a given neuron (Dale's law). The complexity of neuronal information-processing therefore lies in (i) the spatial configuration of neurons (numbers of neurons, numbers of synapses and pattern of connectivity), (ii) the polarity of the synapses, and (iii) the temporal structure of neuronal...

Bayesian inference

As mentioned above, Bayesian methods require the definition of prior probabilities, and the choice of priors is crucial. Inference is based on a combination of evidence from the observed data and pre-existing beliefs. If strong priors are chosen, the resulting activation maps may reflect prior beliefs more than the story told by the data. If one does not want to impose such beliefs, then it is possible to use noninformative priors. This is an approach taken by some neu-roimaging applications, for example, FSL, which implements a fully Bayesian approach towards multi-subject analysis with non-informative priors (Woolrich, 2004). For the single-level model this leads to parameter estimates that are equivalent to those obtained using classical inference. Without informative priors, it is unclear whether the Bayesian approach confers an advantage over the classical approach, although the ability to specify priors makes the Bayesian framework more flexible. Another way to choose


It is no longer controversial to maintain that synaptic communications are the essence of cognition simple combinations of excitatory and inhibitory neurons can perform all the logical operations needed for any kind of information-processing. Although we experience subjectively only the complex, probabilistic cognition of multi-million neuron networks, the extrapolation from well-understood small neuronal systems to the real cognition of whole-brains does not strike us as unreasonable - precisely because the mechanism of the proto-phenomenon is known. As a consequence, although it may never be possible to verify the activity of thousands or millions of neurons involved in any specific cognitive event, this is not seen as a crisis in cognitive psychology. On the contrary, the fact that we have a firm understanding of the logical operations of few-neuron systems suffices as the basis for an understanding of potentially all cognitive processes as simply their temporal coordination and...

Manage Stress

There's no magical stress buster that works for everyone. You need to find activities and coping strategies that are effective for you. For some people, the answer is yoga or a nature walk for others, it might be listening to music or having a heart-to-heart conversation with a close friend. Exercise is a proven method of relieving stress. Aerobic exercise, such as running, brisk walking, bicycling, and swimming, is an excellent way of burning off stress and negative emotions. Resistance training (weight lifting) is an underappreciated form of exercise with excellent stress-relief effects. ,165

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Despite this very real threat during the teen years, many families feel uncomfortable about discussing the topic with their children, fearing that if they bring up the subject it will plant a suggestion where none before existed. In fact, talking with a teenager about their negative feelings can help ease the sense of hopelessness the child may have.

Counselling Issues

Therefore, for this group of clients, attending a genetic counselling consultation, there tends to be quite a lot of interest as to why the deafness is present which is coupled with negative emotions surrounding the deafness. This group is most commonly referred for genetic counselling.


A third outcome of punishment is the spread of its effects. Any stimulus associated with the punishment may be suppressed or avoided. In our example, the boy may simply learn to avoid his younger sister, stay away from his parents, or develop negative feelings toward the paddle or the place where the paddling occurred. As a result, the boys behavior toward his family becomes maladaptive. Yet this inappropriate behavior serves the purpose of preventing future punishment. Skinner recognized the classical Freudian defense mechanisms as effective means of avoidmg pain and its attendant anxiety. The punished person may fantasize, project feelings onto others, rationalize aggressive behaviors, or displace them toward other people or animals.


The ultimate goal of social cognitive therapy is self-regulation (Bandura, 1986). To achieve this end the therapist introduces strategies designed to induce specific behavioral changes, to generalize those changes to other situations, and to maintain those changes by preventing relapse. In a second treatment mode, covert or cognitive modeling, the therapist trams patients to visualize models performing fearsome behaviors. Overt and covert modeling strategies are most effective, however, when combined with performance-oriented approaches.

Ab ert Einstein

Some of the descriptive questions posed by these biological factor theories are similar to the factor theories covered in the preceding chapter, which is not surprising. Einstein seems to have been low on Anxiety (or Neuroticism). He is described as someone who could be quite relaxed and uninhibited (Clark, 1971 1984, p. 397), enjoying the pleasures of a pipe, wine, music, and sailing. His biographer gives no indication that he was embarrassed by his unkempt appearance and relates that a colleague described him as possessing perfect goodwill, . . . gaiety and instinctive kindliness (p. 440). He did describe the agony of mathematical torment (Clark, 1971 1984, p. 743) and the dismay he felt at imagining that subatomic physics could be described in probabilities instead of certainties, but these are not the sort of negative emotions that psychologists generally intend when they describe negative emotionality.

Great Mother

Unconsiousness Personality

Two other archetypes, the great mother and the wise old man, are derivatives of the anima and animus. Everyone, man or woman, possesses a great mother archetype. This preexisting concept of mother is always associated with both positive and negative feelings. Jung (1954 1959c), for example, spoke of the loving and terrible mother (p. 82). The great mother, therefore, represents two opposing forces fertility and nourishment on the one hand and power and destruction on the other. She is capable of producing and sustaining life (fertility and nourishment), but she may also devour or neglect her offspring (destruction). Recall that Jung saw his own mother as having two personalities one loving and nurturing the other uncanny, archaic, and ruthless.

Mental Retardation

The American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV, 1994) stated that the essential feature of MR is significantly subaverage general intellectual functioning (Criterion A). However, from the point of view of cognitive psychology, the nature of the intellectual deficit is still a matter of debate. According to one line of thought (Zigler, 1969 Zigler & Balla, 1982), cognitive development in MR follows the same developmental stages as in normal children, although more slowly and with a precocious arrival at the asymptote. Thus, MR is characterized by a homogeneous slowing down in the development of cognitive skills, subtended by the deficit of a G factor of general intelligence (Spearman, 1923). Instead, other authors hold that cognitive maturation requires the development of a complex system of correlated, but also relatively independent, functions (Ellis, 1969 Ellis & Cavalier, 1982) and that in MR the prevalent impaired development of some functions rather than others may be at the base...

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