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PSY201H - Chapter 9 Language and Thought

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PSY201H - Chapter 9 Language and Thought PSY 201H

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This chapter covers language acquisition theories and the progression of language. Chapters 6-9 are on the second exam.
General Psychology Honors
Dr. Fugett
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Date Created: 10/16/16
Chapter 9 Language and Thought  The Nature of Language o Human language: open and symbolic communication system  Language without writing and language without verbal communication  Eye roll is communication is not language  Middle finger, emoji are language  Rules of grammar  Prescriptive – never end sentence with preposition  Generative – rules similar across the world  Allows its users to express abstract and distant ideas o Syntax: rules for arranging words and symbols in sentences o Grammar: entire set of rules for a particular language o Protolanguage: pre language  Language Development in Individuals o Wernicke’s develops before Broca’s o Stages of language development  Cooing – first 6 months (aa and eh)  Babbling – 5 to 6 months (baba and geebo)  Pruning – getting rid of sounds not prominent in their culture  One-word utterances - ~12 months (No! and More?)  Learn last sentence word first  Two-word utterances - ~18 months (Go way! And My ball.)  Sentence phase – 2.5 to 3 years (You got my car.) o Sensitivity period – 1 to about 12 years of age is the optimal language learning time  Severe lack of language exposure during this period may prevent language form ever fully developing – Genie (stunted language)  Theories of Language Acquisition o Sociocultural theories  Environmental influence and imitation  Culture  Socioeconomic status  Birth order  School and peers  Television  Parents o Child-directed speech – changes in adult speech patterns “baby talk” o Conditioning and Learning Theory  Skinner  Language develops just like any other behavior – it is reinforced and shaped  The progression of language skills noted earlier emerges because of shaping, successive approximations and reinforcement o Nativist Theory  Brain is wired for language  Chomsky  language acquisition device – an innate, biologically based capacity to acquire language o Grammar – more innate; vocabulary – more environmental o Birds sing, whales sing, bees dance, apes communicate only what they want other apes to do o Apes cannot speak, but can learn ASL o Linguistic determinism hypothesis: our language determines our way of thinking and our perceptions of the world  language creates thought as much as thought creates language  Thinking, reasoning and decision making o Cognitive psychology – the science of ow people think, learn, remember, and perceive o Cognition – mental processes involved in acquiring, processing, and storing knowledge o Mental representation – structure in the mind that represents an external thing  Past and future images  Represent thoughts o Visual representation  Visual imagery  Visual representations created by the brain after the original stimulus is no longer present  Activates same part of brain as visual perception o Mental Rotation o Concept: mental grouping of objects, events, or people; most basic unit of knowledge  Concept hierarchy: relates concepts from specific to general  Parallel distributed processing – associations activate many networks  CAN, HAS, IS o Category: concept that organizes other concepts around what they have in common o Prototypes: best fitting examples of a category  Robin is a prototype compared to ostrich for “bird”  Reasoning o the process of drawing inferences or conclusions from principles and evidence o Deductive: reason from general statements of what is known to specific conclusions o Inductive: draws general conclusions from specific evidence  Casual inferences: judgments about whether one thing causes another thing  Confirmation bias: tendency to selectively attend to information that supports one’s general beliefs while ignoring information or evidence that contradicts one’s beliefs o Critical thinking: analyze, generate, defend, infer, interpret, explain, self-regulate o Meta cognitive thinking – ability first to think and then to reflect one’s own thinking; oversight of one’s own thinking processes o Heuristics: mental shortcuts; representative: estimate probability of event based off “normal” event; availability: decisions based availability to awareness Conjunction fallacy: people say that the combination of two events is more likely that either event alone


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