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A. Discussion Question – Chapter 11 – 150 word minimum
Reference: Galotti, K. M. (2014). Cognitive
Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA:

Hi Class:

I would suspect that for a few of
you, some of this material is beginning to actually make sense from a
“holistic” perspective?

Just last week the class spent
time on memory and cognition.  This week we have turned our attention to
problem solving.

In our text we read that one of
the heuristics is called availability.  I suspect that most of us use this
heuristic all the time without really thinking about it.

The definition of this heuristic
is thisAvailability:
“In other words, instances (for example, particular words, particular
committees, or particular paths) that are more easily thought of, remembered,
or computed stand out more in one’s mind”(Galotti, p. 297, 2014).

So, in my mind it would go
something like this,I am
aware that I am feeling a great deal of anxiety over such and such a situation

Upon further reflection, I am able to make sense out of why I am feeling this
anxiety.  After this realization I can then review my own personal history
for whether there is any basis for this feeling of dread that I am
experiencing.  If I do not, then, can I mitigate this feeling based on not
having an available memory of the possible outcome? 

If I do have a history of the
outcome being congruent with the feeling, then do I have the available means to
grapple in a more successful manner with this feeling of anxiety?

Take for example this
course.  How did you feel at the beginning versus now.  What has

I would like to hear some
thoughts on this.


Galotti, K. M. (2014). Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the
Laboratory (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

B. Discussion Question 
– Reasoning Discussion (150 word minimum)

Reflecton the process associated with reasoning and discuss the

Consider the following choice. I will give you a free $5 bill, no
strings attached. Optionally, I will allow you to flip a coin: heads you win
$10, tails you win nothing. Do you want the $5, or do you want to flip the
coin? What does expected value theory tell you that you should do? Does this
accurately represent your feeling about the decision?

C. Discussion Question – Response to David Logan: Reasoning
(150 word minimum)

If I
was considering doing the gamble of the five dollars or take the flip for the
ten dollars I probably would lake the flip for the ten dollars. because my
expectancy level is high and I believe that the best decision for the most
value would be to flip for the ten. Other individuals may not feel the same way.
Social status, environment and ones rule of thumb ( heuristics) may lead an
individual to make a different decision. Charles N Coffer’s article states that
behavior is a function of the expectancies one has and the value of the goal
towards an individuals is working towards. Such and approach predicts that,
when more than one behavior is possible the behavior chosen will be the one
with the largest combination of expected success and value. ( Cofer 2014) From
this I feel that the expectancy theory could only be gauged on a person to
person basis.


N Cofer, article motivation ( sep 9 2014) retrieved fromwww.britanica.comtopicmotivation/expectancytheory.

D. Discussion Question – Response to Devlin response to
David (150 word minimum)

Hi David – Class:

David – I like the way you
are opening this discussion further.

I cruised over to our library and
found the following definition to the word heuristic.  This is a critical
idea to me for this topic.

Here it is –

heuristicn.  A rough-and-ready
procedure or rule of thumb for making a decision, forming a judgement, or
solving a problem without the application of an 
algorithm or an exhaustive comparison of all available options, and hence without
any guarantee of obtaining a correct or optimal result. The concept can be
traced to the work of the US economist and decision theorist Herbert
A(lexander) Simon (1916-2001) who first suggested in 1957 that human decision
makers with 
bounded rationality use
such procedures when thorough examination of all available options is
infeasible. The concept was introduced into psychology in the early 1970s by
the Israeli psychologists Amos Tversky (1937-96) and Daniel Kahneman (born
1934), and the most important heuristics initially identified and studied by
them were the
anchoring and
heuristic, theavailability
, and the 
. Also called a cognitive heuristic. See also
sample size
. Compare
adj [From Greek heuriskein to find] (Apollo,

Galotti, (2014) is much more
concise when stating “Tversky and Kahneman (1973) argued that when faced
with the task of estimating probability, frequency, or numerosity, people rely
on shortcuts or rules of thumb–heuristics–to make these judgments easier”
(pg. 297).

It is my thought that most of us
use these simple, yet from a cognitive standpoint, often quite complex ‘tools’
without too much conscious thought.

This is the part that ties into
the other discussions for this week.

How might we use some of these
ideas in our every day lives, especially amongst colleagues, friends, loved

I look forward to your thoughts.


“heuristicn.” A
Dictionary of Psychology
. Edited by Andrew M. Colman. Oxford University
Press 2009.Oxford Reference
. Oxford University Press. Apollo Group. 17
June 2015

Galotti, K. M.
(2014). Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory (5th ed.).
Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

E.  Discussion Question : Life and GPS Discussion
150 word minimum Hi Everyone:

I have been reviewing what our text (Galotti, 2014)
provides for us regarding this weeks’ first discussion question.

Solving problems is a fairly complex cognitive
process.  Each of us solve problems every day, often times without really
giving too much thought to what is taking place.

“I’m hungry, what will I have for lunch”?

Solving problems between ourselves and others is somewhat
more difficult sometimes.

Our author (Galotti, 2014) discusses something called
General Problem Solver(s) (GPS).

What does everyone think about interpersonal conflict and
these GPS’s?  Does anyone have a thought about which ones may be
better than others and why?

I look forward to your ideas.


Galotti, K. M. (2014). Cognitive Psychology In and Out of
the Laboratory (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

E. Discussion Question (150 word minimum) Reference  Devlin Response to Marquita 

Thanks for picking up this thread on schemas!

I know some of the ways that schemas are detrimental to

An example would be known loosely as stereotyping. 
This would be a good place to discuss some of the ways we can be ‘trapped’ by
our schemas.

In fact our text (Galotti, 2014) writes about schemas and
discusses this type of detrimental effect.

I suspect that all of us have been ‘stereotyped’ and have
done so ourselves.

This could be considered a detrimental effect of schemas.

My question to the class is whether anyone else picked up
on this too, and how have you caught yourself in a “schema”
stereotype and turned it into an advantage or opportunity to learn, and if so,
what was learned!


Galotti, K. M. (2014). Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the
Laboratory (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

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