Ch 8: Holt Psychology - Principles in Practice Chapter 8: Thinking & Language

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The Thinking & Language chapter of this Holt Psychology Principles in Practice Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with thinking and language. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Thinking & Language textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in the Holt Thinking & Language chapter with which you need help.
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  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • The basic units of thought
  • Examples and definition of convergent thinking
  • Metacognitive and problem-solving strategies
  • Functional fixedness and how to overcome it
  • Deductive and inductive reasoning
  • Kinds of heuristics
  • Linguistics and language development stages
  • Language acquisition and bilingualism

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15 Lessons in Chapter 8: Holt Psychology - Principles in Practice Chapter 8: Thinking & Language
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Basic Elements of Thinking: Symbols, Concepts & Prototypes

1. Basic Elements of Thinking: Symbols, Concepts & Prototypes

When you're thinking about something, what are you really doing in your mind? In this lesson, we will discuss how symbols, concepts, and prototypes are part of the way you think about things.

Convergent Thinking: Definition & Examples

2. Convergent Thinking: Definition & Examples

Convergent thinking is a term used to describe the process of finding a single best solution to a problem. Learn about convergent thinking, how it differs from divergent thinking, and more.

Metacognitive Strategies: Definition & Examples

3. Metacognitive Strategies: Definition & Examples

This lesson will define and explain in detail what metacognitive strategies are and how they can be used in the classroom to help deepen students' thinking about content and develop students who are ready and willing to tackle new content.

Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies

4. Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies

We solve hundreds of small problems everyday. This lesson covers different types of problems, such as routine vs. non-routine, and many of the different problem-solving strategies we use, including algorithms, heuristics, graphic representations and the IDEAL Strategy.

Problem Solving Methods: Definition & Types

5. Problem Solving Methods: Definition & Types

There's more than one way to solve a problem. In this lesson, we'll review the five most common methods: trial and error, difference reduction, means-ends analysis, working backwards, and analogies.

Functional Fixedness in Psychology: Definition & Examples

6. Functional Fixedness in Psychology: Definition & Examples

How does looking at a coin or a box of matches demonstrate the inability to think creatively? In this lesson, we'll examine functional fixedness, a cognitive bias that can prevent creative thinking and problem-solving, and discuss ways to overcome it.

Overcoming Functional Fixedness with Creativity

7. Overcoming Functional Fixedness with Creativity

Functional fixedness is one of the great roadblocks to innovation. In this lesson, we are going to define this term and explore some ways to overcome it.

What Is Inductive Reasoning? - Examples & Definition

8. What Is Inductive Reasoning? - Examples & Definition

In this lesson, you will learn to define inductive reasoning. Following the lesson, you will have the opportunity to test your knowledge with a short quiz.

Deductive Reasoning: Examples & Definition

9. Deductive Reasoning: Examples & Definition

Deductive reasoning involves drawing conclusions from specific statements called premises. Learn more about deductive reasoning and test your knowledge with a quiz.

Types of Heuristics: Availability, Representativeness & Base-Rate

10. Types of Heuristics: Availability, Representativeness & Base-Rate

Did you know that our brain uses strategies to process information and draw conclusions? Although we're able to reach conclusions through these mental strategies, sometimes, our reasoning can be off. Read on to discover how our brain draws these conclusions and why they can be wrong.

Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

11. Language Acquisition: Definition, Theories & Stages

Have you ever wondered how humans are able to learn, process, comprehend and speak a language? In this lesson on language acquisition, we'll take a look at some distinctions between languages and learn how babies come to understand and speak a language.

Linguistics: Language Development in Children

12. Linguistics: Language Development in Children

How does a baby's babble turn into intelligible speech? Are there underlining innate traits that drive language development in children? Or is it the social interaction with others that encourages language development? This lesson will explore these questions and discuss how aspects of language change over time.

What Is Language?

13. What Is Language?

Have you ever wondered how human language is constructed to form meaning? Why is language more complex than animal calls? In this lesson, we'll take a look at the basic units language and learn how meaning is formed.

Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

14. Stages of Language Development: Pre-Linguistic and Symbolic Language

How does language expression emerge in children? Learn about the development of syntax in children through the pre-linguistic and linguistic stages of language development in this lesson.

Language Acquisition: Benefits of Bilingualism

15. Language Acquisition: Benefits of Bilingualism

Does it pay to be bilingual? This has been a controversial topic for over a century, and in this lesson, we will explore modern research on the benefits of bilingualism.

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