Essay on Human Cognition And The Humanistic Perspective

1256 Words Jun 29th, 2015 6 Pages
Cognition, as defined in our notes, is the “mental processes related to acquisition, storage, and retrieval” (Frank P. Gengaro, Ph.D., MSW, M.A., LCSW, SI, TM, TM, TL, TMC, TTP). This basically means that cognition has a huge part in acquiring information and storing the information in an efficient way so that we can access it whenever we need to. The main way that we study human cognition is through the humanistic perspective. The humanistic perspective suggests that we are social creatures who interact with other social creatures for the sole purpose of survival. We use cognition in an adaptive, as well as, maladaptive way to survive. In other words, we obtain a lot of benefits from cognition, as well as a lot of developmental scarring. The three movies we watched in class: The Wild Child, The Pawnbroker, and Dr. Strangelove and the three articles: “The Transformation of Man in Society” by Solomon Asch, “On Memory and Childhood Amnesia” by Ernest G. Schachtel, and “Reflections” by Lewis Mumford all interrelate and emphasize Dorothy Dinnerstein’s seven features of human cognition. Dinnerstein’s seven features of human cognition highlight that cognition is motivated, flexibly focused, structured, layered, affectively tinged, self-reflective, and social. These seven features will thoroughly explain the effects, both the good and the bad, of our participation in the social world on cognition, social, emotional, and personality development.
The first article, “The…

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