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Jun 11th, 2015
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Discussion Question: (Why do we talk: Oh No Elmo) 150 words 


Here is an example from the Romper Room!

How about a question concerning "How does language affect thought"?

In the video Why Do We Talk? The Science of Speech (Cohen, 2009) speaks of language development and how children are processing (thinking) about what is going on around them.

My son's friend likes to tell the story about her Elmo doll catching fire when she was a toddler.

Her mom was taking a nap, and somehow (hmm, wonder how) the stove and the Elmo doll made contact in a way that resulted in Elmo catching fire.

My son's friend ran to her dozing mom and stated "Mommy - Elmo go hot hot!"

As this was such an unusual statement the mom checked and saved the day!

I don't know the status of Elmo though?

This kid had enough language development at such a young age that she was able to communicate her thoughts about something very important to her napping mommy!

In the video Why Do We Talk ? The Science of Speech (Cohen, 2009) it is shown that

the typical development stages in language a child will go from babbling to using single words - usually as a complete request and descriptions and then from that they will start what's called a two-word stage where we'll put two words together like "more milk" and from that very quickly more complex grammatical structures emerge. My focus and my aim was to capture the phase up to the two-word utterance and that could happen anywhere between second and third birthday. It turned out my son was an early talker so by the time his second birthday arrived we had the main data set we wanted. (Cohen, 2009)

This is true for my son's friend, and for most kids, in that she was very young (@2yrs old) when this happened!

I look forward to reading any other examples that you may have!


Cohen, A. (2009, January 1). Why Do We Talk? The Science of Speech [Video file]. Retrieved from Films on Demand website: Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.


Discussion Question: (Why do we talk: Language and Culture) 150 words and reference


Hi Everyone:

In one of our videos for the week (Cohen, 2009) provides a lot interesting material for us to investigate. 

Throughout there are multiple languages spoken.

I challenge the entire class to think about this for a moment.  The idea that the words that we learn, the concepts that we learn via language structures the way we think about (our minds) our environment.

For all of you parents out there, I'm sure that it is not too far of a leap of imagination to intuit the meaning behind this idea.

For the rest of you - how might this idea of language formulate culture in all of its glorious manifestations?  How far out there can this idea extend?

I look forward to some philosophical musings on this thought, with properly cited sources if necessary of course!

We seldom realize, for example that our most private thoughts and emotions are not actually our own. For we think in terms of languages and images which we did not invent, but which were given to us by our society (Watts, p. 70,1966).


Cohen, A. (2009, January 1). Why Do We Talk? The Science of Speech [Video file]. Retrieved from Films on Demand website:

Watts, Alan. (1966). On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are. Random House, New York, NY.


Discussion Question: (Chap 9 response to Carolyn from Quita) 150 words plus reference



I was looking at you r post again and it sparked much thought about our future endeavors. You stated that, "There are many ways that people learn and communicate language not only allows humans to communicate with one another but it is used to project ideas to students, readers, audiences, and listeners which is  used in a number of cognitive processes." I was wondering how does the memory associate with language and the retrieval of that said language so if you were to give information to a student, how it can be retrieved or conveyed properly? The worksheet we completed this talked about short term memory and the retrieval of information and Galotti (2014) stated that one had to use encoding skills to be to able to retrieve the information, my question is, how does language play a role in this process? 

Galotti, K. M. (2014). Cognitive psychology in and out of the laboratory (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


Discussion Question: Discussion Starter Language


Hi Class:

One of the thoughts being discussed is the question How does language affect thought?

On page 241 of our main text we read the following thinking on this idea

The relationship between language and thought has been heavily debated. In the early days of American psychology, John B. Watson (1930) asserted that thought was language and nothing more. In particular, he rejected the idea that thought (internal mental representation or other cognitive activity) could occur without some sort of conditioned language responses occurring. Watson believed that all apparent instances of thinking (such as mentally computing sums, daydreaming about a vacation, weighing the pros and cons of a plan) were really the results of subvocal speech. Thinking was equated with talking to yourself, even if so quietly and covertly that no one (including you) knew you were using language. (Galotti, 2014)

I am looking forward to some responses on this, as I suspect many of you have some, ahem, thoughts on this one way or another.

Think about it this way. Since beginning this class in cognitive psychology, how has your thinking been influenced by what you are learning?

Are you using new vocabulary (language) in new ways to think about (cognition) your lives?

How so?

Our text clearly states that "it is true that language at least reflects thought in many instances. (Galotti, p. 245, 2014).

Any thoughts?


Galotti, K. M. (2014). Cognitive Psychology In and Out of the Laboratory (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

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