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Thinking and language

  1. 1. Think over…Thinking Dr. Hetal Shah Dr. Dharmesh Bhadja
  2. 2. Thinking process• Thinking over thinking• Language and thinking• Concepts• Problem solving – Algorithmic – Heuristic• Decision making – Utility, subjective probability – bias – Weighing alternatives
  3. 3. …plz try…• DON’T THINK…• AS YOU READ THIS, you are thinking something…• Even if you stop thinking about what you are reading, you are thinking something else…you are still thinking.
  4. 4. What is thinking???• Cognitively rearrangement or manipulation of both information from environment and the symbols stored in long term memory.• Symbols…language, images…used in thinking.
  5. 5. • Thinking is the way of information processing that goes on during the period between stimulus event and response to it.• Before making the purchase…
  6. 6. Two types• Autistic – very personal – Dreams• Directed
  7. 7. Thinking process• Human – animal• Animal language limited & simple• Human abundant availability of language and complex thinking
  8. 8. Now lets think• Imagine you are sitting with a girl for candle light dinner, in five stared hotel. You ordered two ice creams of strawberry flavor. And the picture goes on…and at last you come to know, you have no money.• Have you imagine about the shape of the cup of ice cream?• Have you imagine about the dress of her?• Have you imagine about chairs/table on which you both are sitting???
  9. 9. • We used to think with help of images… – Incomplete – Abstractions of certain features from past experiences – From long term memory
  10. 10. Thinking uses language and symbols..• Thinking involves use of word, symbols…• Language as a tool of thought• Extremist view…• Language can actually determine the thoughts we are capable of having. • The linguistic relativity hypothesis
  11. 11. …Thinking…extensively involves the language, symbols, pictures…Thinking is actually a kind of inner speech “TALKING TO YOURSELF”
  12. 12. …Controlled study…• What about the DEAF?• Their cognitive and thinking capacity – N• Their verbal language – minimal or no• They use their own sign language• So language is there, either verbal or gestural.• Conclusion - Humans have an innate program for language
  13. 13. CONCEPTSImportant class of language symbols used in thinking
  14. 14. Classification with generalization• Concept of sex• Concept of girl to select a boy in modern times• Concept of analogy• Concept of drug proving
  15. 15. • Symbolic constructions that represents some common & general features of many objects or events – Basic - sex – Formation based on discrimination learning – rewarded, reinforced… – Definition - psychology
  16. 16. PROBLEM SOLVINGAn important kind of thinking
  17. 17. Now what to do…?• You are on bike. In middle of the journey, it got punctured.• What we should do for passing in the exam…?• There are five people in hostel. And three of them gone to palghar. How many remain…?• Imagine you are sitting with a girl for candle light dinner, in five stared hotel. You ordered two ice creams of strawberry flavor. And the picture goes on…and at last you come to know, you have no money. Now what to do…?
  18. 18. • Algorithm – sure solution• Heuristic – multiple possibilities• Means-end-analysis – Each step leads closer to desire goal
  19. 19. Habit and set - pattern
  20. 20. Decision making…• Kind of problem solving in which we are presented with several alternatives among which we much choose.• Imagine you are sitting with a girl for candle light dinner, in five star hotel. You ordered two ice creams of strawberry flavor…and at last you come to know, you have no money.• Now what to do…?
  21. 21. After completion of BHMS• ?• ?• ?• ?• Reasons for MD• utility
  22. 22. • Utility – perceived benefit or psychological value in making that decision• Subjective probability• 10$• 100$• SWOT analysis• SMART• An idea that has been formulated as a mathematical model of the decision process, is that people make decision that will maximize subjectively expected utility.
  23. 23. BIAS• Problem experience• Use of specific heuristic• Another problem• Same heuristic…• i.e. favorite remedy• Rhus tox, bryonia - fever
  24. 24. Thinking process…• Weighing alternatives• Imagine you are sitting with a girl for candle light dinner, in five stared hotel. You ordered two ice creams of strawberry flavor. And the picture goes on…and at last you come to know, you have no money. Now what to do…?
  25. 25. Creative thinking New under the sunUnconscious rearrangement
  26. 26. Creative thinking
  27. 27. insight• New idea seem to come suddenly after littele progress has been made over a long period of time.
  28. 28. stages• 1. preparation – formulation on facts• 2. incubation – fade• 3. illumination – aha• 4. evaluation – apparent solution is tested• 5. revision
  29. 29. nature• Convergent – end result…already in existence• Divergent – follow the avoidances – Autistic• Exploring
  30. 30. Creative thinkers are...• More independent in judgments• More self-assertive and dominant• Complex & imbalanced phenomena• More psycho dynamically and greater personal scope• Reject suppression as a mechanist for control of impulse
  31. 31. Language linguistic competence• Knowledge of the sounds or written elements of language and the rules for combining these basic elements in to larger units with meaning.• Implicit knowledge of the rules for combining words into meaning ful sentences – grammar, or syntax• Knowledge of the meaning of the words- semantics• Knowledge of of how to use language in such a way as to have an intented impact on others – pragmatics• Knowledge of the rules for processing and interpreting the speech of other people.

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