Accession Number : AD0696141

Title :   COGNITIVE STRUCTURES, CULTURE AND SOCIAL ORGANIZATION.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION WASHINGTON D C

Personal Author(s) : Glenn,Edmund S.

Report Date : 30 JUL 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 123

Abstract : Cognitive differences between animal and human subjects are derived experimentally. The differences are attributed to speech. A theory of cognitive development based on two antagonistic mechanisms, association and abstraction is presented, with supporting data. The effect of language is described as the accumulation of abstractive structures; the effect of association being ephemeral and its influence remaining more or less constant. The influence of culture change on the accumulation of abstractive structures is examined, and three basic dichotomies for the cognitive analysis of cultures are presented. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*BEHAVIOR, PATTERN RECOGNITION), (*CULTURE, ANALYSIS), PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), INFANTS, LABORATORY ANIMALS, INTELLIGENCE TESTS, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, SPEECH RECOGNITION, PERFORMANCE(HUMAN), REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), LEARNING

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Psychology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE