Module 3: Cognitive Pillar – Cognition, Memory, Perception, Intelligence
Assignment: Evaluating the Evidence Worksheet 2 (10 points)
We are consistently presented with claims about human behavior and mental processes on a near daily basis. It is important that we begin to develop skills required to critically evaluate these claims. These critical thinking skills will help us understand what we are being asked to believe, evaluate the evidence supporting claims, and assist us in deciding whether we want to base our own judgements on these claims. Below you will find two claims related to Module 3. Select one and proceed with completing the evidence worksheet.
Claim 3: Its better to stick to your first impulse than go back and change multiple choice test answers
Claim 4: Eyewitness testimony is the best kind of evidence
First, choose ONE of the Claims above to evaluate. Then, collect and read at least two sources of evidence related to this claim (from your own searches this time). Consider evidence that evaluates various sides of this claim, and try to find primary sources. WHERE did you find evidence? Provide the author’s name, year of publications, and weblinks for the material you evaluated here:
- WHAT did the evidence say?
- What TYPE of evidence was it? Circle/list only the types of evidence you considered.
Something that I or someone else heard (hearsay)
My own or another perons story (anecdote, blog/web posts)
Controlled Experimental study
Review or summary of many studies
- RATE the strength of the evidence on a scale of 1=10 (with 10 being the strongest), and EXPLAIN why you gave that rating.