Why begin with
cognitive psychology?
n If we want to understand a physical system
(like a student), we better understand something
about how that system functions!
n “The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement
of everyday thinking.  It is for this reason that the critical
thinking of the physicist cannot possibly be restricted
to the examination of concepts from his own specific field.
He cannot proceed without considering critically
a much more difficult problem, the problem of analyzing
the nature of everyday thinking.”
n Albert Einstein, “Physics and Reality,” J. of the Franklin Institute 221 (1936).