The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin Link to view lecture notes to https://www.dropbox.com/sh/be8r7mnb78p1fli/AAAAjWhkHkqb73sVPm-jpeCVa?dl=0 What your essay should be like: This is not a book report! The essay will either a) explain something mentioned in one of the lectures and readings with reference to information in the book or b) explain something mentioned in the book with reference to information from the lectures and readings. The rubric is on the next page. To understand it, know that what you are trying to understand better is the target example and what you are using to understand it is the base example. You should emphasize what is not clearly understood about the target example, and how you will use the base example to fill this gap in our understanding of the target example. So, for example, you might read in Riveted that primarily doctrinal religions take advantage of semantic memory and imagistic religions use episodic memory (the target example). In your essay, you describe in more detail how religious thought is represented differently in episodic versus semantic memory (what you learned in class in this case would be the base example). Or you might read The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and discuss how the description of perception used in the lecture (base example) can help explain a particular perceptual problem described in the book (the target example). The target example is a concept that you’re interested in and the base example is the information helps you to understand the target example. The target example can come from either the book or the lecture, but the base example has to come from the other source. Crucially, the base example gives you more information on the target example. Ideally, you should be able to identify a few main ways of how the base example explains the target. Using the sample essay on Riveted, the target example was temporal discounting from the lecture, given as definition (“greater value placed on the present when compared to the future”) . The base example was temporal discounting from the book, which provides more information beyond the definition of the concept: 1.) “people do not see the future clearly” 2.) “why people think about the future the way that they do” 3.) “how people see their future selves as different people”. The books are long and complicated. You do not have to summarize the book, only pick one idea from it, and one idea from the lectures to write your essay. You can actually use the terms base example and target example if you wish; in fact, I encourage this. It makes it easier as a TA grading your papers to see that you actually understand what it is you are trying to convey in your paper. It is important that you also clearly emphasize what it is that is not particularly clear about your target example, and how you are going to use the information provided by the base concept to fill this knowledge gap.