Person as a Processor

Person as a Processor

Research the topic of the “wet mind” popularized by Stephen Kosslyn.

  • Considering the human person as a processor, why do some cognitive psychologists think that the mind operates according to computational principles, similar to those followed by computers?
  • Why do other cognitive psychologists emphasize the unique features of the “wet mind” that enables it to perform more efficiently than computers?
  • What are the strength and limitations of each theory?

Post should be at least 300 words.

 

Week 3 Introduction

Introduction

This week students will focus on the concepts of understanding the human being as their own personal processor. In addition, we will discuss Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis. Students are expected to read Chapters 2 and 6 in the Lecci & Magnavita text, complete the discussion questions, and complete the written assignment. The text will focus on the various concepts such as the person as a processor. These concepts will include, but are not limited to, a complete overview of Freud’s theory of psychoanalysis and the theories of Pinker, Mischel and Bandura. Students will also be reading the Schustack & Friedman text to explore the concept of explanatory style and the debate over what psychoanalysis is or should be.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the processing and psychodynamic theories of personality. (Aligns with CLOs 1, 3)
  2. Analyze the applicability of these theories to the current profession of psychology. (Aligns with CLOs 2)

Overview

AssignmentDue DateFormatPoint ValuePerson as a ProcessorDay 3 (1st post)Discussion Forum2Analyzing PsychoanalysisDay 3 (1st post)Discussion Forum3Explanation in Personality TheoryDay 7Written Assignment10

Resources

Required Resources

Lecci, L.B. & Magnavita, J.J. (2013). Personality Theories: A Scientific Approach. San Diego: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

  • Chapter 2: Psychoanalytic and Neo-Analytic Theories of Personality
  • Chapter 4: Neurobiological Models of Personality (review)
  • Chapter 6: Cognitive and Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Personality

Freud on Freud – YouTube clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj2JFI4BsRQ (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Murray, H.A. (1940). What should psychologists do about psychoanalysis? First published in Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Retrieved from EBSCO Host PsycARTICLES

Peterson, C. (2010). Good Hope and Bad Hope. The Good Life, July 24, 2010, Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-good-life/201007/good-hope-and-bad-hope (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Peterson, C. (2011). There are no accidents. The Good Life, August 8, 2011, Retrieved from http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-good-life/201108/there-are-no-accidents (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

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