This week we wrapped up memory and started a discussion of emotion. We looked at some research on happiness and finally wrote down a definition of emotion. Here is a good video to get you ready for next week’s classes. The final class for the CLOA and the winding down to April break. Yahoo!
This week we looked at socio-cultural effects on memory. And it seems that we spent a lot of time in Guatemala. Above is a picture of Antigua – one of my favorite places in Guatemala.
We looked at four key areas. You should know two of them for the exam.
The role of education. For this week looked at the study by Cole & Scribner on Liberian children.
The role of lifestyle. Roggoff & Waddell’s study on Mayan children who interact with their environment.
The role of deprivation. In addition to the Meaney study, we also talked about Rutter’s study of the Romanian orphans.
The role of poverty. The study by Pollit on the role of diet on cognitive skills.
One of the things you should realize this week is that environmental factors affect biological processes that affect memory. This demonstrates the true interaction of the levels of analysis and why one level of analysis is rarely enough to explain a person’s behaviour.