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Experimental Cognitive Psychology Information-processing approach – external stimulus causes internal cognitive processes to occur which produce a desired response. Processes directly affected by the input is known as bottom up processing Serial processing – Occurs when only one process occurs at a given time. Top down processing – Occurs when processing is influenced by the individuals knowledge and expectations. Most human cognition involves bottom up and top down. This is called parallel processing as it involves more then one type of processing. Cognitive psychologists typically run tightly controlled experiment. An issue in experimental design is the task impurity problem which occurs when a task may rely on a complex mixture of cognitive processes causing interpretation of results to be difficult.

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Processes directly affected by the input is known as bottom up processing Serial processing – Occurs when only one process occurs at a given time. Top down processing – Occurs when processing is influenced by the individuals knowledge and expectations. Most human cognition involves bottom up and top down. This is called parallel processing as it involves more then one type of processing. Cognitive psychologists typically run tightly controlled experiment. An issue in experimental design is the task impurity problem which occurs when a task may rely on a complex mixture of cognitive processes causing interpretation of results to be difficult. LIMITATIONS Peoples behaviour in lab experiments may differ due to everyday life experience e.g lacking ecological validity – the extent to which finding as applicabl...
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