1How the Brain Thinks

1How the Brain Thinks - HowtheBrainThinks Whatiscognition?

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How the Brain Thinks
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What is cognition? Mental activities associated with processing,  info Also deals with organization of thought
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Cognitive Psychology (1960s) reasoning How does one think about  the world Cognitive Neuroscience Studies the neural basis of  cognition
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How we perceive, process, and store info How does one think about the world Internal structures of the mind Thought Patterns Beliefs 
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Cognitive Psychologists study these mental activities concept formation problem solving decision making judgment formation
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Cell Assemblies Neural networks that become connected due to  them receiving the same sensory inputs Hebb: assemblies are the basis of thought In humans, assemblies are in cortex
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How is human cognition unique? Language: The meaningful arrangement of  spoken, written, or signed words  A complicated product of human cognition
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What is Language? What is Language? Communication of info  through symbols  arranged accord. to  systematic rules Used for: Communication internal human cognition Evolved efficient tool for  human survival
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Language in humans? Words- specific to human communication Word order combos makes language special  to  humans?
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Benefits of human language to  cognition Provides brain with a way to categorize info Can plan behavior around time Contains syntax
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