Psych 311 Cognitive Psych Essay

Psych 311 Cognitive Psych Essay - Caitlin Dekker Psych...

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Caitlin Dekker Psych 399R–Cognitive Psychology One assumption that the authors make in their article is mental atomism. Mental atomism is the idea that all humans are self-contained in their own minds. The mind is surrounded by objects that must be brought inside and represented internally. Demonstrating mental atomism, the authors argue that “humans acquire internal models of the environment and external objects for effective realization of goal-directed behaviors” (p. 539). The authors continue that the environments and objects the brain comes in contact with frequently change, which is why we have a “switching mechanism” for “flexible adaptation”. Without “the selection of appropriate internal models”, the individual will not adapt well to the new situation and as a result, will struggle to make good decisions or exhibit appropriate behaviors. The authors are assuming that individuals represent the external objects in the world entirely in their brain. Their ability to create these appropriate internal models allows them to adapt well to new experiences. Despite different contexts, they clearly believe the mind is self-contained and brings “in” different
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