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The Dynamic Infrastructure of Mind – a Hypothesis and Some of its Applications

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Autori: Singer, F. M.

Editorial: New Ideas in Psychology, 27, p.48–74, 2009.


A mechanism underlying the computational properties of the cognitive architecture is construed based on a minimal list of operational clusters. This general processing mechanism constitutes the dynamic infrastructure of mind (DIM). DIM consists in categories of mental operations foundational for learning that contain inborn components called inner operations, which are selfdeveloping in the interaction mind-environment. Within the DIM paradigm, the input cognitive systems are not domain specific or core-knowledge specific, they are operational specific and capable of further developments that become domain specific while experiencing the environment. Arguments for this construal come from three sources: literature review, data collected through classroom observations, and a four-year experimental study of teaching and learning mathematics in primary grades. The outcomes of that experiment led to a methodology of learning based on activating the operational infrastructure of mind, which enhances students’ flexibility of thinking and predicts the capacity to solve creatively a variety of problems.

Cuvinte cheie: Cognitive architecture, Dynamic infrastructure of mind, Learning, Operational categories