The Journal 1 – 8th October 2013
The first lesson teaches us how to understand ourselves. We always think that we
understand ourselves well but there is actually psychological way to make us find out
ourselves more. This lesson starts with a survey of what we think we are. It’s a very
interesting activity. Through this activity, I understand not only how I see myself,
same as other people think about themselves. Due to the growing environment, I
forget how important I am to my own life until lecturer introduced us the Spotlight
Effect. The next part of the lesson involves prediction in behaviour and feelings. We
were introduced to various types of our feelings and behaviour, I found that prediction
of behaviour and feelings are impossible. Lecturer gives us examples and finally I
know that it may actually happen. After that, we are introduced to Self-Serving Bias.
Self-Serving Biased works in different ways; False Consensus, Unrealistic Optimism,
Comparing self favourably and Attribution. Self-Serving Bias may forms another
effect called False Uniqueness Effect. The class continue by lecturer show us how to
be happy. The lesson ends with self-efficacy whereas one’s will to complete a work.
If someone is willing to do their task, the efficiency of completing a task will
increase. In conclusion, this lecture is interactive. I realize most of the lectures are not
open-minded enough for students to join in the lecture but this lecture is an exception.
I like her teaching ways.
Journal 2-October 23rd 2013
I am feeling excited and the second lesson involves our power and peril of intuition.
The lesson begins by revising us about how we think are divided into two categories;
Controlled and Automatic. Controlled refers to how our brain controls our actions
consciously which normally justified reasons of our own. While automatic may refer
to human reflex towards certain stimuli, it may also refer to human’s natural reaction
towards concepts. For example, we could easily recognize the person by just looking
at the back of the person or through voice. Overestimation that is formed by our brain
is taught in this lecture. Our brain tends to compare the solution we formed through
prediction and the solution of the past. We discussed if memory should be considered
as a bank which stores our experience and knowledge. Attitude may changes over the
years. The memories of how we thought of our national and how we think of our
national now may be different. People who have their attitude changed will deny their
change of attitude. With the discussion finished, the lesson ends with the discussion.
Lesson today may not be as interactive as the lesson before however, I have gained a
lot of interesting facts and knowledge which satisfies my day.
Journal 3-November 13th 2013
The lesson starts off with a brief introduction of part of our eyes and how our eyes
work. Light is one of the electromagnetic spectrum with a specific wavelength and
frequency. Our lecturer shows us how light enter our eye and transfer the information
into our brain. The next part of the lesson involves colour affecting us
psychologically. One of the examples is how the red colour tends to attract men. We
were also introduced to reversible figures. They are figures that could be perceived in
two ways depending how the viewer sees the figure. An example is the reversible
figure of a duck and a rabbit. Another interesting perception failure is the Inattentional
blindness. The mind tends to assemble forms using elements of information in our
brain to complete the form. After that, we were introduced to a lot more optical
illusions such as depth and distance perception, context effect, the necker cube and so
on. This lesson blows my mind because there’s a lot of thinking involved in this
lesson. The lesson motivates my creative thinking skills and I had a great time in this