The Symbolism as a Cheap Channel Code: The Symbolic Language’s Role in Cognition

Márlon Henrique Teixeiral*

The Symbolism as a Cheap Channel Code: The Symbolic Language’s Role in Cognition.

There are different ways in which human beings cognitively handle sources of information. Tasks, such as number guessing, velocity, weight, and extension estimation, can be accomplished through different cognitive strategies – e.g. by counting, or comparing objects’ characteristics, and so on. In most cases, these different ways imply different performances and costs to the subject. We offer an interpretation of these “different ways” in terms of different channel codes through which the environmental information.

This time I will examine how the working memory’s role in cognitive tasks fits into our previous theoretical model. The working memory is basically a memory system needed for executing complex motor tasks when the essential cues are not present in the environment at the time of the response. The system, in different ways, seems to help the performance of cognitive tasks. I will interpret the working memory as an encoder

The term ‘working memory’ refers to a brain system that provides temporary storage and manipulation of the information necessary for such complex cognitive tasks as language
compression, learning, problem solving, and action planning. The working memory has two broad functional characteristics; maintenance and manipulation of information.

Even if the working memory allows the brain to surmount its limits of prompt processing, it doesn’t get far enough. Additionally, the working memory code is too costly for optimally handling large amounts of information; its overload causes severe disruption to many cognitive tasks.

Psychol Cogn Sci Open J. 2016; 2(1): 1-10. doi: 10.17140/PCSOJ-2-109