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Core Concepts to Cover:

  1. Overview of the thinking process and concept formation
  2. Overview of problem solving algorithms and heuristics
  3. Nature of intelligence and how to validly measure it
  4. Elements of creativity and how to validly measure it

Key Vocabulary to Cover

convergent thinking
divergent thinking
mental set
mental iages
intelligence quotient
crystallized intelligence
fluid intelligence
bell curve
standard score
percentile rank
functional fixedness

Movies That Teach About Cognition

  • Forrest Gump: Intellectual disability
  • Rain Man: Autism, intelligence, and memory
  • Little Man Tate: Intelligence, gifted, and child development
  • Good Will Hunting: Intelligence, motivation, hierarchy of needs, and counseling techniques
  • Concussion: Biopsychology, Traumatic Brain Injury, concussions, and ethics
  • Lucy: Biopsychology and cognition
  • Ex Machina: Cognition, artificial intelligence, and cognitive science
  • Transcendence: Consciousness and cognitive science
  • Robot & Frank: Aging, cognition, memory, dementia, cognitive science, and moral development
  • Arrival: Language acquisition and problem solving
  • Kung Fu Panda: Motivation, goal-setting, and resilience
  • The Incredibles: Personality traits, self-esteem, and cognitive dissonance

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April 02, 2020


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