Language and Thought

By Nick Lund

© 2003 – Routledge

154 pages

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About the Book

This book fulfils the need for a clear overview of this area of cognitive psychology which encompasses both language and thought. Focusing on goal directed thinking and decision making, Nick Lund looks at the relationship between our grasp of language and our problem solving abilities. Different positions on the issues are contextualised and discussed in a way suitable for the AQA-A A-Level syllabus. Supplementary detail means that the book will also be valuable to other A-Level specification candidates and undergraduates coming to this area for the first time.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Introduction. Language and Thought. The Nature of Language. Methods of Studying Language. Problem Solving and Decision Making. The Study of Problem Solving and Decision Making. Summary. Part 2. The Relationship Between Language and Thought. Introduction. The Linguistic Relativity Hypothesis. Thought Determines Language. The Interdependence of Language and Thought. Summary. Review Exercise. Part 3. Social and Cultural Aspects of Language. Introduction. Social Class. Ethnic Background. Gender. Summary. Review Exercise. Part 4. Language Acquisition.Introduction. The Stages of Language Acquisition. Pre-linguistic. One-word Stage. Development of Grammar. Meaning and Pragmatics. Summary. Review Exercise. Part 5 Theories of language acquisition. Introduction. Environmental Theories of Language Acquisition. Nativist Theories of Language Acquisition. Summary. Review Exercise. Part 6. Problem-solving. Introduction. Types of Problems. Gestalt Approach. Information Processing Approach. Information Processing and 'Insight'. Use of Analogy in Problem Solving. Problem Solving in Everyday Life. Summary. Review Exercise. Part 7. Decision Making. Introduction. The Heuristics and Biases Approach to Judgements. Other Factors that Influence Judgements. Evaluation of the Heuristics and Biases Approach. Theories of Decision Making. Summary. Review Exercise. Part 8. Study Aids. Glossary. Solutions to Problems. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Nick Lund is Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University and is author of Animal Cognition and Attention and Pattern Recognition in the Routledge Modular Psychology series.

About the Series

Routledge Modular Psychology

The Routledge Modular Psychology series is a completely new approach to introductory level psychology, tailor made to the new modular style of teaching.

Each short book covers a topic in more detail than any large textbook can, allowing teacher and student to select material exactly to suit any particular course or project.

The books have been written especially for those students new to higher level study, whether at school home, college or university.

They include specially designed features to help with technique, such as model essay at an average level with an examiners comments to show how extra marks can be gained. The authors are all examiners and teachers at introductory level.

The Routledge modular texts are all user friendly and accessible and include the following features:

  • Practice essays with specialist commentary to show how to achieve a higher grade
  • Chapter summaries to assist with revision
  • Progress and review exercises
  • Glossary of key terms
  • Summaries of key research
  • Further reading to stimulate ongoing study and research
  • Website addresses for additional information
  • Cross-referencing to other books in the series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Cognitive Psychology