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Memory, Thinking and Language
The chapter on memory, thinking, and language introduced important concepts. Particularly, it helped in the understanding of the manner in which the human memory functions. For many years, scholars have exhibited interest in understanding the uniqueness of memory and the mechanisms that define different types of memory. The chapter gave attention to short-term memory a well as long-term memory, highlighting the difference between the two. Based on the content delivered, it was possible to appreciate the significance of memory as well as the progression of information through different memory systems (Greene, 2014). It was intriguing to recognize the human capacity for maintaining information in the short-term and long-term memories. The chapter accentuated the significance of episodic and semantic memories that are pregnant concepts in long-term memory.
The chapter also presented basic constructs concerning thinking and the human cognitive capabilities. Particularly, the chapter foregrounded the different cognitive processes and functions, giving special attention to their significance. Understanding the thinking process was of critical importance in appreciating the different parts of the brain involved in the thinking process (Greene, 2014). The chapter gave attention to different thinking and reasoning models that explain how individuals make different decisions by utilizing their cognitive functions and abilities. Undoubtedly, the content on thinking helped in laying a strong basis for understanding the processes involved in thinking that people take for granted.
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The chapter also tackled important concepts in language development. The distinguishing characteristics of language became evident throughout the topic. Language plays an important role in facilitating communication. As a result, it is imperative to understand the role of syntax, morphemes, phonemes, and semantics when understanding languages. Based on the chapter, it was possible to understand the significance of extra-linguistic information and communication. The chapter further highlighted the critical periods for learning different languages. Notably, the processes of language acquisition from birth received attention. There have been extensive and comprehensive studies seeking to understand the foundation of language development during the critical period (Greene, 2014). Moreover, the chapter explored the importance of sign language and bilingualism. The chapter also centered on the theories involved in language acquisition. It was intriguing to note that social pragmatics play an important role in the acquisition of languages.
The concepts discussed above laid a firm foundation for understanding the manner in which communication in mind takes place. Through the processes of memory, thinking, and language, it is possible to understand the interconnectivity and the linkage of the different functions in the brain. I was able to appreciate the significance of different types of memory, and I can apply such knowledge when dealing with different people. From a personal experience, I can tell the kind of information in my short-term memory and the information stored in the long-term memory. The content of thinking helped me to appreciate the manner in which human beings interpret information and attach meaning to different experiences (Greene, 2014). The different cognitive functions explain why people behave differently in real life because of diverse perceptions over different aspects. The content on language is applicable when observing toddlers who are learning a language for the first time.
Intelligence, Motivation, and Work
The chapter on motivation, intelligence, and work also introduced important concepts. Notably, the chapter elaborated many elements of intelligence. It became evident that intelligence is a mental quality that explains the manner in which individuals can learn from the experiences and exhibit the capacity to resolve problems. There are different types of intelligence that scholars have explored over the years (Pandey, 2005). Particularly, the use of intelligence tests to determine the competitiveness of candidates for jobs and in schools has received criticism in the modern day. The chapter highlighted the different intelligence tests that are in use in the twenty-first century. The chapter also introduced the significance of the aptitude test that determines an individual’s ability to acquire new skills and adjust effectively to new tasks.
The chapter also gave attention to motivation and the popular theories used in motivation. Particularly, human beings are unable to function efficaciously without motivation. For this reason, the motivational theories come in place to highlight the factors that can actuate individuals. The chapter centered on the significance of motivational theories to individuals and groups. Motivation enables individuals to exhibit higher levels of performance and productivity (Pandey, 2005). Most importantly, the chapter presented information on the optimization of the levels of motivation and ensured that individuals register high levels of creativity. Throughout the chapter, it became explicit that motivation plays an important role among learners, employees, and followers because it encourages them to bring out their best.
The chapter also explored work and its significance. Many scholars have sought to understand the significance of work and people’s view of the obligation to work. Without motivation, individuals are unable to work effectively. For this reason, there is an interconnection between intelligence, motivation, and work. The chapter presented intriguing concepts of work and the maximization of an individual’s performance at work. Being able to understand the significance of motivation and work encouraged me to review situations in which workers require high levels of motivation (Pandey, 2005). Some types of work require intelligence and physical strength. However, the chapter gave more attention to the role of intelligence in increasing the effectiveness of work.
The chapter introduced me to important concepts that helped me appreciate the interrelatedness among intelligence, motivation, and work. I can visualize some of the reasons why individuals cannot work because they lack the required levels of motivation. The motivational theories are applicable in everyday life because they help in recognizing the factors that can keep students and workers registering higher levels of performance and productivity (Pandey, 2005). The motivational theories helped in understanding the specific factors that can have a positive effect on the motivational levels of employees. Highly motivated employees exhibit higher levels of creativity as well as remarkable productivity. The content on intelligence motivated me to appreciate the different attributes that define intelligence. It is reasonable to appreciate the different types of intelligence instead of focusing on a single type. It is possible to increase intelligence scores if individuals understand their strengths and weaknesses.
- Greene, J. (2014). Memory, thinking, and language: Topics in cognitive psychology. Hove: Psychology Press.
- Pandey, V. C. (2005). Intelligence and motivation. Delhi: Isha Books.