humor. Note as well the section on language acquisition.
Chapter 9: Thought & Language
How is thought organized? While this seems like a pretty
straight forward question it is quite difficult to answer,
partly because I can’t get at thought directly. Perhaps the
Imbest way to think about thought is in logical, abstract
terms. Thought is characterized by the use of concepts.
Note the discussion of types of reasoning. Also important is
!Languagehe linguistic relativity hypothesis, which suggests a
connection between thought and language.
3. Can Animals Learn Language?
!Can Animals Learn Language
This is the focus of the Frontiers section for this chapter.
!Problem Solvings been quite a lot of research on this topic, and the
answer has gone from maybe, to a definite “no”, to a bit of
!Heuristicsertainty. Other animals cannot learn to speak in the
same way that humans can, but perhaps they can
communicate. You should be familiar with the limitations of
animal language and the methods that have been used to
4. Problem Solving
One way to see how people think is to get them to solve
In this chapter, we’ll look at how adults think, how they problem
solve, and what exactly is a language. A couple of questions for
you to consider. What’s the relation between thinking and
language? Do they go hand in hand? We’ll try to answer some of
representation, an inappropriate use of heuristics, or an
these questions in this chapter.
improper analysis of when a solution has been reached. A
common problem in this area