Saturday, August 03, 2013

In Every Dream Home, Cherries etc and Idea #180 is Cognitive Theory

In Ealing's Walpole Park there's a Gallery come Museum called Pitshanger Museum at the moment there are a couple of exhibitions on,
Dream exhibition
One is a school's reaction to the earlier 'Walk On: 40 Years of Art Walking' this collaboration with artists Tim Knowles and Alicja Rogalska  sees the students create their own artworks.

The other is of work by Caroline Walker (there's a book accompanying the show) under the title of 'In Every Dream Home' partly inspired by the Roxy Music song it uses conventional paintings but has a subtext around the roles played by the female protagonists, sometimes the people we are looking at might be the owners of the expensive properties and they have guests relaxing and having fun, but then we see the same people in the role of housekeepers, ground staff - and the models used are actors we are told.
Fresh Cherries

And in every dream home there would be home grown cherries and Ice cream for pudding - well there were in this one yesterday - only just enough for 2 but a treat.






Big Idea Number 180 is Cognitive Theory

Cognitive Theory is all about the  approach to psychology that emphasizes internal mental processes - that is it's the branch of psychology that's concerned with the acquisition, processing, and storing of information.
Cognitive Psychology  believes that if we want to know what makes people operate then it is necessary to understand the internal processes of their mind.
Cognition  means “knowing” so psychologists using this approach study cognition which is ‘the mental act or process by which knowledge is acquired.’
Cognitive psychology focuses on the way we process information, looking at how information that comes in to the person is treated  this is what behaviourists call stimuli.
Cognitive psychology  looks at how this processing leads to responses.  In other words, they are interested in the variables that mediate between stimulus/input and response/output.  Cognitive psychologists study internal processes including perception, attention, language, memory and thinking.
Ulric Neisser (who died last year at the age of 83) is known by some as the father of cognitive psychology.

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