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Ideas and concepts are organized in a logical and hierarchical (schematic) fashion.
Schemata are “cognitive structures of organized prior knowledge, abstracted from experience with specific instances; schemata guide the processing of new information and the retrieving of stored information” (Fiske & Linville, 1980, p. 543).
as this cognitive pattern is not yet consolidated, adolescents often also engage in hasty generalization and rush to premature judgments based on segmented pieces of information.
These skills, abilities, and tendencies may be especially relevant as adolescents consider political issues, situations, and decisions and as they integrate political knowledge gathered from various sources.