Cognitive psychology research is often featured in the mainstream media. For example, a few years ago Oprah Winfrey featured Dr. Strayer’s research on distractibility during driving when talking on the cell phone. She then used his research to start a movement that encouraged individuals to stop talking on the cell phone while driving. This example demonstrates that psychological research has made its way into the media to inform the public about how our cognitive processes work.
Using the three examples of cognitive psychology research featured in the media that you researched (newspapers, television, and magazines), write a two-page paper for each resource and explain how it fits with what we know about cognition. The three examples must be on different topics. Reference the original articles (or videos, in the case of a television report). Include the following topics in each paper:
- Analyze the concepts of cognitive psychology (attention, limits, inattention, automatic processing) present in each resource.
- Describe how the concepts are used in real-world applications.