Group 2: Cognition


Jesus Medina

After many observations of my father I have realize that varies he uses both types of cognition type 1 and type 2. My father is amputated on his right leg from the knee down, he walks up and down the stairs with a prosthetic leg he has trouble walking up and downstairs because his prosthetic ankle doesn’t rotate. While going up the stairs he makes a decision in which  weather to step with his left leg first then his right leg, even though he is a lefty. Then, I notice that there are times where he would go forward with his right leg first. After the third observations I have seen he doesn’t use the stairway railing going up, for that he can lose his balance going Upstairs. My father use type two cognition where he would walk up the stairs unknowingly about which leg he used to go up the stairs. As, for him using type one is my father going upstairs And Sometimes Using the stairway railing, he would make the solution of walking upwards with no trouble, because he thought about holding on to the railing.

Who: Father                                                                                                                           Where: Apartment staircase                                                                                                 When: September 1, 2016

Carlos Galaza

Through numerous observations,¬†I have came to the conclusion that even animals come to use cognition. I had been observing my dog Snowball. A few days ago she¬†hurt one of her¬†paws; it’s nothing too crazy but she can‚Äôt really use her left¬†paw. Then, I notice that she wouldn‚Äôt be able to eat the treats that I¬†give her. For instance¬†she uses both her¬†paws¬†to grab the treat and eat¬†it. Then, I saw her start using her bed and her right paw to eat the treat she comprehended the fact that she couldn‚Äôt use her left paw to eat and solved that problem using¬†her surroundings. Cognition is a mental process that involved you gaining knowledge and comprehension.

Who: Snowball (my dog)                                                                                                          Where: Living rooom                                                                                                                Where: Sept 18-22

Jordan Medina

Cognition is the mental action or process of obtaining knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and senses. I began to observe my cat to understand her way of cognitive learning and the way she can adapt. On a daily basis, my cat automatically wakes up at 6am and goes to the kitchen to sit in front of her bowl. After countless times of feeding her, she began to learn the specific time and moments she would be fed throughout the day. She also knows that whenever someone gets up to go to the kitchen she would be fed if she follows them around. Her senses help her learn as well. For example, at night her whiskers let her know if she is approaching an object as well as her smell and vision.

Who: My cat                                                                                                                    When: Last week                                                                                                                Where: My house

Yuseth Torres

We all process our situation in a different way. Our mind sometimes make decisions without thinking it twice. For example, on a summer night I got off the train and there was a little girl crying and ran toward the train. That moment, I just grabbed the little girl and I tried to calmed her down first so she could explain what happened. She was with her dad on the train but she got out thinking it was her stop. Few minutes later, the police came and I explained to them what happened and that I wanted to stay with the little girl until she reunited with her father. At the end, the girl met up again with her father. I didn’t have to over think on whether to hold on to this girl because I have smaller siblings too. I just had to help the little girl because something in me told me too.

Self Experience

Who: Me, the little girl                                                                                                               When: Train station                                                                                                                 Where: Summer

Andrea Zambrano

Couple of months ago, my sister was put into a tough spot where she had to reconsider and decide whether to move out on her own in a studio or keep living with my parents and I. However, there were a lot of important things to take in mind; such as rent, school, work, transportation, location, etc and whether she could afford it all. Since, she came across a very difficult decision, she engaged herself into type two thinking mode. In this kind of cognitive thinking, she was more thoughtful about her act since it was going to be a big change/ transition in her life. So, my sister evaluated the situation and thought about what would be more financially convenient at the moment in order to make an  intelligent decision. My sister began comparing on all the costs that she had to take care of if she were living alone and realized that she would barely have any savings left if she moved out. After a couple of days thinking about it, my sister finally decided that it was best for her to stay where she was.

Who: 26-year old sister                                                                                                      When: August                                                                                                                 Where: Home

Jesus, Carlos, Jordan, Yuseth, Andrea

1 thought on “Cognition

  1. Jesus Medina: You jump right in without an introduction and leave any reader not already conversant with terms like Type 1 and Type 2 thinking in the lurch. That said, I am not clear how you are determining which kind of thinking your father is using on different occasions. Did you ask him? What did you see him do that gave you hints? What would be different if he used one kind of thinking rather than the other?
    Given the ambiguities in what you report, I will give you 36/50.

    Galarza: Your observation of your dog is interesting but you don’t provide an awful lot of information about it. What is it that the dog can and cannot do? In order to document new behavior in the animal you need to tell the reader what is different, now, from what used to happen. Perhaps the dog hasn’t learned anything at all but is simply acting differently because she can’t move her paw the way she used to? I’ll give you 36/50/

    Torres: You provide a striking story and certainly it involved some different sorts of thought processes, but since this is a psychology course you need to tease them apart and tell your reader more about them. Your spontaneous action is the result of one kind of thought process, but your decisions to find out more and stay with her were probably rather different. The difference isn’t clear from the story you tell, though. You have completed the task in a minimal fashion; I’ll give you 40/50.

    Zambrano: This is a nice example of a particular kind of thought process in action and you provide enough detail to allow your reader to evaluate your argument. That said, you should not assume that the reader will know what the difference between Type 1 and Type 2 thinking is and you should support your argument by considering what the difference in your sister’s actions might have been if, say, she had relied only on Type 1 thinking to reach her decision? You have fulfilled the assignment. I’ll give you 42/50.

    Jordan Medina: You have certainly documented a cognitive process here in the observations you make of your cat, since learning is a cognitive process. Is it true that every time the cat follows someone into the kitchen she gets fed? You should document something like that, especially since I doubt it’s really true, leaving the possibility that you could observe a different sort of behavior when the cat does get fed. Presuming I am correct (that people go into the kitchen many more times each day than the number of times food gets put out) it would be interesting to document how the cat’s behavior changes during the course of the day and with different people.
    I’ll give you 40/50.

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