7. Conscious of the Present; Conscious of the Past: Language

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Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 110)

This lecture finishes the discussion of language by briefly reviewing two additional topics: communication systems in non-human primates and other animals, and the relationship between language and thought. The majority of this lecture is then spent on introducing students to major theories and discoveries in the fields of perception, attention and memory. Topics include why we see certain visual illusions, why we don’t always see everything we think we see, and the relationship between different types of memory.

00:00 – Chapter 1. Non-Human Communication
09:16 – Chapter 2. The Relationship Between Language and Thought
12:39 – Chapter 3. Question and Answer on Language
18:06 – Chapter 4. Introduction to the Complexity of Perception and Expectation
39:15 – Chapter 5. Linking Attention and Memory
58:04 – Chapter 6. Question and Answer on Attention and Memory

Complete course materials are available at the Yale Online website: online.yale.edu

This course was recorded in Spring 2007.