Theory of Cognition

a. Psychology Understanding of cognition began with psychogenic theories derived from psychoanalysis — observation and study of mental associations made by patients during conversations with a psychological practitioner. It was found that maladaptive abnormalities in the psyche, what the medical field termed ‘neurosis’, could be linked to repression of thoughts and memories hidden under ordinary conditions, but … Continue reading Theory of Cognition

The Role of Reasoning in Prejudice

In modern times, some consider prejudice irrational, a cognitive flaw that emerges from excessive emotion impinging upon reason, and though it is true that most experiencing has an emotional dimension, prejudice intersects with the very roots of thought.  Three main factors constitute recalcitrance in reasoning: constraints of working memory, reliance on presumption, and social standards for perspective-taking. Human perception is a powerful apparatus, processing a … Continue reading The Role of Reasoning in Prejudice

The Conjoined Evolution of Conception, Language and Sociality

a. The functional arbitrariness of language-influenced thought Despite a vast variety of circumstances in which humans apply reasoning, the basics are the same, an intrastructural connectivity provisional of extrapolative and interpolative inferencing, mapped onto the causality observed and inspected as we perceive and conceive.  Psychical blending of the unconscious with perceptual, conceptual and inferential association as well as intentionality, reflection and … Continue reading The Conjoined Evolution of Conception, Language and Sociality