Cognition 101: How We Acquire Knowledge, Gain Understanding, and Make Decisions

Podcast-style audio course - 12 Topics
Length: 5 hrs
Carleton College
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Audio Download + Subscription
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Cognition 101: How We Acquire Knowledge, Gain Understanding, and Make Decisions

Podcast-style audio course - 12 Topics
Length: 5 hrs
Carleton College
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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Cognitive psychology—the science of how we acquire, process, store, and use information—is essential to understanding the human experience. Yet cognition is such an automatic part of our daily functioning that we rarely take time to acknowledge its complexity.

Now, you can explore the fascinating processes of cognition with the W. H. Laird Professor of Cognitive Science at Carleton College, Kathleen Marie Galotti. The author of two textbooks on cognition as well as the book Making Decisions That Matter: How People Face Important Life Choices, Prof. Galotti is the perfect guide for this behind-the-scenes look at how we tick.

In 12 fascinating audio lectures, Prof. Galotti will take you behind the scenes of higher-order cognitive processes such as problem-solving, creativity, reasoning, and decision making—in other words, how we put information to use.

As you explore the basic cognitive processes of perception, attention, and memory, you’ll see that all human beings—even highly intelligent and motivated ones—ha

Audio Sample:

Cognitive psychology—the science of how we acquire, process, store, and use information—is essential to understanding the human experience. Yet cognition is such an automatic part of our daily functioning that we rarely take time to acknowledge its complexity.

Now, you can explore the fascinating processes of cognition with the W. H. Laird Professor of Cognitive Science at Carleton College, Kathleen Marie Galotti. The author of two textbooks on cognition as well as the book Making Decisions That Matter: How People Face Important Life Choices, Prof. Galotti is the perfect guide for this behind-the-scenes look at how we tick.

In 12 fascinating audio lectures, Prof. Galotti will take you behind the scenes of higher-order cognitive processes such as problem-solving, creativity, reasoning, and decision making—in other words, how we put information to use.

As you explore the basic cognitive processes of perception, attention, and memory, you’ll see that all human beings—even highly intelligent and motivated ones—have limited cognition. Moreover, our perceptions are limited by our expectations, our current context, and even our cultural background.

By learning with Prof. Galotti, you’ll benefit from her cutting-edge research on cognition, which has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. Best of all, you’ll leave this course with practical, easy-to-apply ways to improve your thinking, reasoning, and decision making.

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Kathleen Marie Galotti is the W. H. Laird Professor of Cognitive Science at Carleton College, where she helped create and now directs the interdisciplinary program in cognitive science. Prof. Galotti teaches courses in developmental and cognitive psychology as well as first-year seminars in her research specialty, decision-making, and cognitive development. She is the author of Making Decisions that Matter: How People Face Important Life Choices (2002), and two textbooks: Cognitive Psychology in and out of the Laboratory, now in its 6th edition, and Cognitive Development: Infancy Through Adolescence, now in its 2nd edition. Her research— focusing on reasoning and decision-making—has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and The Spencer Foundation.

Praise for Kathleen Galotti

“Kathie is a popular professor at Carleton College who strikes a wonderful balance between teaching and research. She has an engaging style and the ability to make difficult topics understandable. She also has the ability to get students excited about research, and often collaborates with them on journal articles and presentations.”
– Steven F. Kozberg, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Carleton College

  • What Is Cognition?
  • Perception and Attention
  • Working and Long-Term Memory
  • Narrative Memory
  • Learning: Acquiring and Categorizing New Information
  • Problem Solving, Creativity, and Insight
  • Deductive, Inductive, and Everyday Reasoning
  • Dual Process Theories of Cognition; Overview of Decision Making
  • Goal Setting, Gathering Information in Decision Making
  • Structuring Information and Making a Final Choice
  • Individual Differences in Cognition
  • How Thinking Skills Develop

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