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  • Created on: 29-11-12 15:48
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  • Cognitive
    • Weakness
      • Models it uses criticised for being simplistic
      • Mechanistic  (treats humans like machines) we have thought feelings that influence how we process info
      • Many theorys based on lab experiments low eco valid
    • Strengths
      • Shows we can study internal mental processes, using scientific methods
      • Can be applied to treatment of mental illness, how childrens understanding develops
      • Unlike humanist approach uses scientific methods so empirical evidence to support
    • Assumptions
      • Thought processes should be studied as they are important memory, perception, attention and cognitive development
      • Cognitive processes mediate between stimulus and response
      • Human mind works/processes similar way to a computer (comp analog)
      • Internal processes can be studied scientifically using lab experiments
      • uses models to explain how mediational  processes work


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