ERIC Number: ED035437
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Oct-4
Reference Count: 0
On Cognizing Cognitive Processes.
Rimoldi, H. J. A.
In this report on cognitive processes, a discussion of the rationale and assumptions used by investigators explains the experimental procedures. To determine actual cognitive problem-solving processes, (rather than inferring them from results), subjects in these studies were presented with a problem and allowed to ask a sequence of questions which the experimenter answered and recorded. The sequence of questions is called the subject's tactic and is identified by the number of questions, type of questions, and the temporal order of the questions. It is recognized that problems are built with a certain logical structure (intrinsic difficulty) and a certain language structure (extrinsic difficulty). An ideal tactic approximates the logical structure of the problem, has no order reversals, and is not redundant. Good tactics are those which provide enough information to solve the problem. A system of numerical indices was developed for scoring tactics. Previous research using these instruments to investigate individual cognitive processes and the effects of language on these processes has revealed that concrete and verbal languages run through a larger variety of logical structures than do abstract symbolic languages. (MH)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Loyola Univ., Chicago, IL. Psychometric Lab.
Note: Paper presented at the Erikson Institute Symposia, Loyola University Centennial, Chicago, Illinois, October 4, 1969