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PSYCHOLOGY

The diversity of psychology All speech-language pathologists, as part of their speech therapy education, study psychology. Since psychology is concerned with the full range of what makes us human, it is not surprising that the scope of the discipline is extensive. It has diverse roots – in…

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Mentalese

It would be surprising if the meaning of our utterances turned out not to derive, in part at least, from the thoughts and other mental states that these utterances express. Were that so, language would be failing in one of its main functions. The computational theory…

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Modularity of Cognitive Processes

Modularity and connectionism Cognitive psychology has a long history of invoking the concept of modularity to explain various mental functions. In sum, this concept assumes that the separate components of a modular system are autonomous, i.e. they will remain “functionally intact when other components of the same…

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Representational Thinking

Representational thinking is the ability to think in analogies, to understand symbols and to infer meanings. It is suggested that as the brain evolved, increasing in size, this triggered a software-hardware self-feeding spiral. After humans developed the ability to infer meaning from others’ actions language was added-on to create an efficient communication system.

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