Discussion #1.The most popular topic of investigation within the realm of everyday memory has no doubt been autobiographical memory. A person’s history is at the core of his or her identity. It should not surprise you that autobiographical memories are as varied as the people who produce them. For this discussion, respond to the following:

· How do autobiographical memories and autobiographical facts differ from each other? Give an example of each.

· From your experience and what you have learned about the differences, how would you say that autobiographical memories influence autobiographical facts? Provide an example or two to illustrate your thinking.

Please include the following in your response:

· Refer to and integrate ideas presented in your course readings.

· Cite outside resources if necessary to make your point.

· Follow APA style guidelines for citations and references.

·  Discussion #2. Your textbook presents two types of social influence: normative and informational. This is your opportunity to try an informal experiment of your own to observe the concepts in action. For example, you might try a task similar to the Asch line judgment experiment with family or friends, or you might change some aspect of the environment to break a social norm, such as facing the rear of an elevator while others are present in order to observe their reactions. In your posting, describe your experiment and the response you received.

· After you have completed one or both of the options, explain whether the influence (  experiment) was normative or informational and why you think this way. Defend your position with supporting references from either your textbook or other professional sources.

Discussion # 3.A part of critical thinking and of being a psychology professional is to be open to ideas, alternative points of view, and new information. At Capella, your exposure to the specific elements of critical thinking, such as point of view, questions, arguments, and information, began with your first course. However, your unit readings show how people can be vulnerable to pressures from strong but misguided leadership, groupthink, sales tactics, and so on.

For this discussion, describe specific conditions under which people are more susceptible to persuasion. Explain strategies that can be used to resist harmful or unwanted persuasion, while remaining open and flexible to alternative perspectives and new information.

Discussion # 4.The blind spot is the area on the retina without photoreceptors. Therefore, the part of an image that falls on this region will NOT be seen. It is in this region that the optic nerve exits the eye on its way to the brain. Humans may use different parts of their brain to discriminate objects from people. In particular, we may have specialized neurons for recognizing faces. To complete this discussion:

· Define the problem of the final integration of visual information.

o What kind of problem does this present regarding our understanding of how the brain works?

o Is it a problem that needs to be solved?

o Do any recent papers in the scientific literature address this issue?

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