IRE 104 - P inder 1 Darren Pinder IRE 104/SOC 104...

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Darren Pinder IRE 104/SOC 104 Take-Home Final Exam Winter 2011 Prompt #1 Cognitive Migration is an empirical concept, which describes an individual’s vivid visualization of themselves in a future place and time. It is imagination and psychological migration prior to actually physically migrating. Cognitive migration is also a crucial part of the process: awareness of migration as a possibility, cognitive migration, and action or the physical migratory process. This imagination includes imagining how they will migrate, what it will be like once they have moved, details on the organization they are involved with and/or migration merchants. Related concepts include: perception, decision-making, and choice. An additional aspect of this concept is the “cognitive bias” where individuals tend to skew or ignore statistics and dangers thinking, “it won’t happen to me”. Another feature includes the idea of future earnings where individuals often conceptualize being able to pay off debt with future earnings, which also contributes to their imagination of what the future holds. This concept also helps to explain the two migration mysteries. The two migration mysteries are : why are so many taking perilous routes and making very risky decisions to migrate and w hy aren’t people who should be migrating already in the process of doing so? This takes us back to the role of experimental imagination associated with cognitive migration. By visualizing the future in our minds we are discovering out possible new lives in another country. It is difficult to release the idea once on starts to imagine it. This is also tied to the emotions involved in the migration process. Examples of the role of cognitive migration in the decision making process can be explained in the case of migration within the Pinder 1
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European Union and Mexican migration to the United States. In the European Union (EU) instance, individuals have the freedom to visualize migration even though many don’t feel the need to act upon it. Any person is able to migrate psychologically and not have to physically move as it is easy to migrate between EU countries. On the other hand, the US/Mexican policies have forced many to physically migrate on a permanent basis. Permanence is another aspect of migration. Restrictive border crossing policies often adds the aspect of permanence to migration. Human nature plays an integral part as well, because people with less options look for more choices and once they have those options they no longer go seeking them and many don’t even pursue them. Cognitive migration is intensely tied to emotions. Emotions give individuals energy and are often the reason why people feel the need to make decisions. Some feelings are linked with that of being-less than, being trapped, being subjected to injustice, being a minority, being treated inferior, unequal opportunity etc. Emotions do not always involve negativity, but are often quite positive for better decision-making. An example of this arises in social networks and
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course IRE 104 taught by Professor Siracusa,c during the Winter '08 term at UC Davis.

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IRE 104 - P inder 1 Darren Pinder IRE 104/SOC 104...

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