mental activities involved in acquiring, storing, retrieving and using knowledge
which area of the brain has the most to do with thinking?
what are the three components of thinking?
mental imaging, concept, & language
mental representation of a previously stored sensory experience, including visual, auditory etc.
mental representation of a group or category that shares similar characteristic
What are the three way we learn concepts?
artificial concepts, natural concepts, & hierarchies
formed by logical and specific rules
formed by everyday life experiences
group concepts into subcategories within broader categories
form of communication using sounds and symbols combined according to specific rule
what are the three steps to problem solving?
preparation, production, & evaluation
identifying, separating & defining the ultimate goal
generating possible solutions called hypotheses by using algorithms & or heuristics
step by step procedure that if followed correctly will always produce the solution
simple rule or strategy for problem solving that provides shortcuts but does not guarantee a solution
what are 3 heuristics?
working backward, means-end analysis, & creating subgoals
starts with the solution and works backward through the problem. once you know the steps to be taken the problem is solved
problem solver determines what measures would reduce the difference between the given state and the end goal. once you know what it take to reach the goal your problem has been solved
large goal is broken down in to obtainable small goals
what are the 5 barriers to problem solving?
mental sets, functional fixedness, conformation bias, availability and representativeness heuristic
persisting in using problem solving straggles that have worked in the past rather then bring new ones?
tendency to think of an object functioning only in it usual or customary way
preferring information that confirms preexisting positions or beliefs, while ignoring or discounting contradictory evidence
judging the likelihood or probability of an event based on how readily available other instances of the event are in memory
estimating the probability of something based on how well the circumstance matched a previous protoype
how does a person overcome a mental set?
literally "think outside the box"
expecting to buy a hamburger when you go past mcdonalds is an example of which problem solving barrier?
ability to produce valued outcomes in a novel way
what are the three elements of creativity?
originality, fluency, flexibilty
seeing unique or different solutions to a problem
generalizing a large number of possible solutions
shifting with ease one type of problem solving strategy to another
how is creativity measured?
by test divergent thinking and convergent thinking
producing many alternatives or ideas from a single starting point; linked to creativity
attempting to find one correct answer; linked to conventional; non-creative thinking
reordering the letters "grevenidt" to form many new words is an example of which type of thinking?
2+2+6= is an example of which type of thinking?
intellectual ability, knowledge, thinking style, personality, motivation and environment are all resources to what type of person?
enough intelligence to see problems in a new light
sufficient basic knowledge of the problem to effectively evaluate possible solutions
novel ideas and ability to distinguish between the worthy and the worthless
willingness to grow and change, take risks, and to overcome obstacles
sufficient motivation to accomplish the task and more internal than external motivation
an environment that support creativity
what are the 3 building blocks of language?
phonemes, morphemes, & grammer
smallest basic unit of speech or sound
smallest meaningful unit of language, formed from a combination of phonemes
system of rules (syntax & semantics) used to create language and communication
crying, cooing, & babbling are characteristics of which stage of language development?
single-utterances, telegraphic speech & learning the rules of grammar are characteristics of which stage of language development?
at what age does the prelinguistic stage happen?
at what age does the linguistic stage occur?
12 months-5 years
language is an inborn capacity that develops primarily by maturation
language develops from a complex system of rewards, punishments, & imitation
global capacity to think rationally, act purposefully, & deal effectively with the environment
what are the 2 models of intelligence?
gardner & sternberg
which model of intelligence contains 3 separate, learned aspects of intelligence?
what are the 3 aspects of sternbergs model?
analytic intelligence, creative intelligence & practical intelligence
which learning model contained several forms of intelligence?
which test is most used to measure intelligence?
stanford-binet & wechsler
what does MA stand for in the iq equation?
what does CA stand for in the iq equation?
what range is considered normal iq?
what are the 3 scientific standards for measuring intelligence?
standardization, reliability & validity
establishes norms & uniform procedures for giving & scoring tests
measure of the consistency & stability of test scores over time
ability of a test to measure what it was designed to measure
an iq below what number is considered mental retardation?
an iq above what number is considered gifted?
an iq of 50-70 is considered?
mild retardation (85%)
an iq of 34-49 is considered?
moderate retardation (10%)
an iq of 20-34 is considered?
severe retardation (3-4%)
an iq of below 20 is considered?
profound retardation (1-2%)