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6/23/2019 Modules: Print Module 1/5 Learning unit 9: Cognition This Learning unit covers Chapter 7 in your prescribed book 9.1. Chapter synopsis Copyrighted Material - subject to fair use exception In this chapter the use of knowledge is emphasised and how human beings combine, manipulate, store and transform stored information during thinking is explained. Forms of productive thinking (namely concept formation, problem solving, decision making and creativity) are discussed. The relationship between language and thought is examined from different perspectives. Finally, the memory system and intelligence are discussed. KEY CONCEPTS: Refer to the additional resources for chapter 7. 9.2. Introduction Copyrighted Material - subject to fair use exception The focus in this chapter is on how people acquire and process information in their minds. Although the human mind can be compared to a computer, the human brain and its related cognitive processes is more complex and not programmed in a mechanical way. Meta-cognition is the ability to monitor one’s own thinking. 9.3. Forms of productive thinking Copyrighted Material - subject to fair use exception Productive thinking produces new relations and organisations between existing knowledge. Forms of productive thinking, their nature, attributes and related processes are presented as follows in the prescribed book: Section 7.2.1 Concept formation Section 7.2.2 Problem solving Section 7.2.3 Decision making: heuristics and cognitive control Section 7.2.4 Creativity 9.4. Language
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6/23/2019 Modules: Print Module 2/5 Copyrighted Material - subject to fair use exception Language is used to communicate with others and to engage with oneself in intrapersonal communication and daydreaming. The frontal cortex, called Broca’s area, is responsible for controlling the ability to use language.
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