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Psych lecture 2 6/8/2012 3:15:00 PM LANGUAGE… WHY CARE?  Allows us to get content of our working memory out of our head and into the heads of others  Working memory can bring together information form different times and solve problem  Language shares the working memory or solutions  Through language you can communicate your ideas  It’s a glue to bring community together  It is a significant, allows the people from present to talk about the past and predict the future  We are transmit more than just words  It is very important across time space and with each other  Animals are very smart, dogs can differentiate about 120 words  Fantastic receptive language: they know many of the words which you here repdoitally, but they can not communicate that much  Chimps can never speak because do not have the vocal cord, but they can sign o When you leave chimps leave alone they will talk to themselves o They will ask for things by doing something, or sign o If they want reward they will do something o They can communicate with one and another o They can teach the young how to sign  It is really tricky when making cross comparison  Both species are very smart chimps and dogs o Dogs follow leaders and if you don’t act like a leader then he wont follow you o You have to have a lot of non verbal communications
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