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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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Piaget

Question What did Piaget mean by ‘action’? My Response The Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget (1896-1980) is renowned for his theory of cognitive development. In sum, Piaget considered that the developing child is not able to carry out certain tasks until he or she is…

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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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The Modular Mind

The human mind/brain appears to consist of separate components, each of which possesses different processing resources that are specialized for carrying out some specific mental function. This is known as the modularity assumption.

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The Human Mind

The view that body and mind are separate and composed of different kinds of material is no longer a tenable position. Based on an understanding of physics, brain biochemistry and neuroimaging techniques, modern science tells us that there is no separation and that what we perceive as the mind is actually what the brain’s own activity.

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Eavesdropping on an Unattended Message

Eavesdropping on an unattended message (such as in the ‘cocktail party effect’) is achieved by the brain processing sufficient information in parallel to activate so-called semantic memories.

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Attending to Sounds

The auditory system is good at attending to sounds. We are able to move our listening attention to focus on just the desired sound.

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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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