ERIC Number: ED244025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Afro-American Patterns of Cognition: A Review of Research.
Shade, Barbara J.
Specific and unique information processing patterns have been developed by Black Americans as a result of coping with and adapting to a color-conscious society. A review of the literature shows that the major variation in the processing of information which seems to be uniquely Black American occurs in their patterns of perception. Specifically, the differences are in primary modality preference, cue selection, and pictorial perception. The preferred modality in the majority culture is the visual one; among Black Americans the emphasis is on the kinetic and tactile senses. In selecting cues, the majority culture looks to ideas and objects, while Black Americans look at people and events. This attention to social nuances probably is best represented in the behavioral dimension of extraversion. When it comes to organizing and analyzing information, Black Americans respond well to verbal material but, unlike the majority, do poorly in responding to pictorial representation. Although this is often seen as a deficit, it might be more appropriate to say that Black Americans have been taught to perceive, that is, visually transform, the world differently. For Black Americans, then, knowledge is gained most effectively through kinetic and tactile senses, through keen observation of the human scene, and through verbal descriptions. (CMG)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cue Selection
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, April 1984).