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Cognition IsMonica LiottoProfessor Frank GengaroCognitive ProcessesNovember 29, 2011
Human beings have cognitive processes that are complex and mysterious, being that they are deep in one’s subconscious. These processes are active, accurate, logical and interrelated. Human cognition never ceases to function and it is seemingly the most animalistic, honest piece of thought that we encounter. In class we have learned and discussed a lot about human cognition, including the seven features which are that human cognition is: motivated, flexibly focused, structured, layered, affectively tinged, self-reflective, and social. Along with these seven features we have watched three films and read three interesting articles that display many examples of each feature. Through watching The Wild Child, The Pawnbroker, and Dr.Strangeloveand reading “On Memory and Childhood Amnesia,” “The Transformation of Man in Society,” and “Reflections: Prologue of Our Time” we have been faced with the facts that are our own progression of thought. I have realized my habits of living that are subconsciously ran and based of my need for life in society.The Wild Childdemonstrates fine examples of the first two features of cognition, being that cognitive thought is motivated and flexibly focused. Cognition is motivated intrinsically and extrinsically through the characters in the film. Victor, the wild boy that is found in the forests of France is intrinsically motivated because he is within himself and all of his actions are for the sole purpose of his own pleasure. Victor raised himself in the wild and because of this his number one goal is survival. His care has always gone to living and nothing else, therefore, his pleasure comes first. On the other side of the spectrum come that psychologist that tries to civilize victor and the housekeeper. These two represent the extrinsically motivated cognition where they are more concerned with the future benefit that their actions will see. They attempt to teach Victor how to live as a socially acceptable human being, but because Victor knows nothing of such things they must teach Victor carefully with the right emotions and rewards to sculpt Victor’s civilized self. The Wild Child is a film of limited thought because Victor displays complete focus on the immediate consequences, instead of the .remote context.Also in The Wild Childflexibly focused cognition is shown because of Victor’s slow, and difficult, but still present, ability to change from moment to moment. In Schachtel’s article, “On Memory and Childhood Amnesia,” human being’s dependence on the social world is discussed.

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