The Cognitive Perspective

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Objectives of the Unit:

Describe and evaluate the cultural context and development, the conceptual framework, the methodology, and the application of the cognitive perspective.

Describe and evaluate theories and empirical studies within this perspective.

Explain how cultural, ethical, gender, and methodological considerations affect the interpretation of behavior from a cognitive perspective.

Compare theories, empirical studies and the conceptual framework of this model with the other perspectives.

Identify and explain the strengths and limitations of cognitive explanations of behavior.

Explain the extent to which free will and determinism are integral in this perspective.

Assess the extent to which concepts and models of information processing have helped the understanding of cognition.