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Language - THINKING PATHWAYS
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Stimulus Description and Priming Sentences. Appendix S2. Appendix S3. Related Information. Close Figure Viewer. Through that feedback process Figure 1 question asking directly impacts comprehension and language. Sparks points to the fact that prior knowledge, which includes information recently activated in short term memory e. They point out to two possible outcomes: 1 thinking creates a question that is answered by memory content. This is illustrated in Figure 1 by the arrow that goes to knowledge. Thus, from prior knowledge, curiosity is awakened by the question generated question mark , otherwise, the path ends caused by lack of interest Stop.
It is comprehension of this prior knowledge that determines the direction of learning. Kandeou et al. These are examples of skills to acquire, at different levels of language development complexity e. In Figure 2 , comprehension of prior knowledge requires language development of the learner. This analysis is normally on low order questions asking.
Curiosity drives both low and higher order question hoq -asking mechanisms. Language clearly impacts cognitive curiosity as shown in Figure 3. Both Berlyne , and Malone divide curiosity in two stages: perceptual or sensory which is present in all animals and humans, and cognitive which is a human-only domain. We address here the implications of this difference in the interaction of language and learning.
Loewenstein suggests that curiosity is the intersection between cognition and motivation, which manifests cognitive induced deprivation as result of a perception gap in knowledge and understanding. This stems from the incompatibilities between symbolic responses and the conflict engendered by them Berlyne, Berlyne thought that it must underlie the notions of truth and falsity, which can only be achieved if there is prior knowledge as Chomsky infers.
We push back a bit here to suggest that curiosity, at its basic stage, is found in all animals and is purely sensory. Meaning that it is not based on any prior knowledge.
For example, a newborn may be curious about a colorful stimulus without having prior knowledge or concept about color to begin with. However, cognitive curiosity is based on prior knowledge or concept, and arises from conflict in information or unresolved stimuli interaction. Cheney and Seyfarth speculate that animals lack language for the following reasons: no rudimentary theory of mind, and no ability to generate new words, and syntax, which are all present in young children. Animals have a number of in-born qualities they use to signal what they feel, but these are not like the formed words we see in the human language.
1. Mental Language
This difference in cognition between humans and animals is experimentally verified. Kalia et al. In animals as well as in newborn to toddlers these modules do not speak to each other. Fernyhough argues that humans are able to integrate geometric information the short wall on the right with the non-geometric information the blue short wall, not the white. It is believed that this is the result of language development in humans. Therefore, learning is driven by question asking, which leads to further inquiry behaviors. How does question asking play such an important role?
To formulate questions language is important. We speculate that there is not a direct correlation between sensory curiosity i. Animals exhibit curiosity even though they do not have language. Spelke and Hermer speculate that one of the main differences between humans and animals is the human formulation of language.
Barriers to Critical Thinking
They compared children newborn to toddlers and rats, on diverse tasks and their findings indicate that children deviate significantly from rats at about age six Hermer-Vazquez et al. In human adults reorientation exercises are solve easily that is they quickly find an object left of a blue wall Hermer and Spelke, Spelke propose that this ability emerges in synchrony with the development of spatial language such as expression of left or right terms, and is well known in developmental studies.
Figure 4. Interplay of language between Base and Cognitive curiosity, and their subcategories. Another case study described by Schaller , when the subject did not have language, he still exhibited curiosity, even though his ability to think was somewhat impeded. Language develops the cognitive process in humans, how exactly this is done is up for debate. The link between cognition and language was proposed by Chomsky , who believed that children are born with specific language acquisition devices and linguistic knowledge.
The more accepted view today is centered on learning and not on innate structures Harris, Piaget emphasized the commonalities between language and cognition proposing that language emerged out of the same broad cognitive changes that transform the sensorimotor processing of infants into formal and logical mind of adults see Figure 3. Cognitive research has led to the idea that both language and cognition have complex similarities and differences influenced by genetic Chomsky, , environmental input Elman et al.
It is through these basic questions that the critical thought process is engaged. Once comprehension has occurred Figure 2 , the learner generates hoq asking.