Aug 12

Perspectives of Psychology

When communicating with people, there is so much that goes into account during every conversation, that the hidden factors on what is driving that conversation, and the thought processes of those conversations are hardly talked about. Here is a little bit of what I learned regarding the cognitive functions and sociocultural psychological factors.

I am gaining much more of an insight on types of science (or philosophy) that, those in the field of Psychology approach. After reading and understanding what each type of psychological perspective represented, I decided to research a little more in depth into a few of these fields to gain a broader knowledge of the perspectives. I am finding myself to be hoping to learn more about cognitive and sociocultural research in psychology.

The cognitive perspective of psychology is one of the more modern approaches. Emphasizing thinking, perceiving, and information processing, cognitive psychology before the common era by the philosopher Plato, information processing taking place in the brain was at the forefront for the theories on why humans make the decisions they do. Recalling memories from your past, how you perceive the message of a film, and when you try to solve a problem are all instances that a cognitive researcher would be interested in.

cognitive psychology

My own thoughts were initially lined with this perspective of psychology because I am very interested in how humans understand each other, and if this can be replicated. I am interested in finding out if there will ever be a day where human thoughts and cognitive abilities can ever be put into programming. I believe there could be a day where psychologist, or scientists (whoever’s responsibility it would be) could hook something up to a human brain and transfer data from the brain onto a computer.

I am also interested in cognitive abilities of other species. Such as the thought processes of animals, or extraterrestrial life (if we ever find any). This would all be under the cognitive psychology umbrella.

The Sociocultural Perspective is another vastly studies realm of Psychology. This perspective has to do with the influences of social and cultural psychology perspectivesdeterminants in a human’s behavior and mental processing. These psychologists study ethnicity, religion, occupation, and socioeconomic class as all factor of a large field of understanding.

This perspective is not commonly realized unless talked about. People gradually will do the same thing time after time if it works for them. It is argued that many opinions that your brain comes up with may have been taught or you may have learned it along your lifetime. The book gives an example of children sitting around their elders who are telling them stories about their history. People like to have a sense of pride in something and a lot of people will take pride in their ethnicity, their line of work, or their wealth. In my lifetime I have noticed that most around me who are a majority of one particular race, or 50% or more take great pride in where their families come from. The sociocultural perspectives call these the social and cultural forces that shape our lives.

I am drawn to this kind of perspective because I have always found it very interesting, and certainly harmful, that certain races of people think they are better than anyone else because of what they were born as. In my opinion, every human is born equal to a fellow human, no matter socioeconomic class, race, anything like that. Religion is taught, so that is a separate issue the sociocultural perspective deals with. In my own personal opinion though, religion causes a lot more harm than good. Especially when looking back at the historical and current societies of today. 

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