UPLOAD_Lecture 5 (Thought & Language)

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C h a p t e r   7 T H O U G H T & L A N G U A G E
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Lecture Outline Units of Thought Problem Solving Implicit Thought Language
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Thought Thought is an extension of perception and memory We form mental representations We recall representations using memory We mentally manipulate the representations to achieve some purpose Thinking can involve words or images
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Mental Rotation Study Subjects are shown a stimulus (e.g. “R”) that is rotated between 0 and 360 o , each must decide whether the letter is normal or a mirror image Such tasks activate the visual cortex, suggesting an actual rotation of the stimulus
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Mental Models Mental models involve a representation that describes or explains how things work Examples include: Our understanding of how cars work Our model of memory systems (STM, LTM)
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Concepts and Categories Objects are classified on the basis of their properties Categories Concept
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Processes of Categorization Categorization involves recognizing an object as a member of a category We categorize objects by Comparison with defining features Clearly defined vs “fuzzy”
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course PSYCH 1061 taught by Professor Lytle during the Fall '07 term at Temple.

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UPLOAD_Lecture 5 (Thought & Language) - Chapter 7...

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