Week 2: Thinking Fast/Slow

This week included a couple of interesting readings regarding systems of thinking — more specifically, what we consider automatic vs. active processing and their relationships —through the readings of James L. Adams and Daniel Kahneman. Bellow is a mapping of the two readings as the content within them is organized and how they relate to each other. The multiple arrows make evident the many similarities the texts share, yet the more interesting insights lay at the bottom of the white board.

  1. Cognitive Dissonance. In between the “System 1” and “System 2” boxes is a connection labelled “cognitive dissonance.” Khanneman presents this interesting relationship where often, information from system 1 doesn’t transfer correctly to system 2 and our brains can’t make sense of what they’re observing. While we’ve learned from both readings that system 2 supplements system 1 with higher-lever, learned information, Khanneman points out a disconnect can occur between the two causing illusion and confusion.
  2. “Khanneman says no connection; Adams says there is” The two authors seem to contrast in their view of the location of the two systems of thinking. Adams argues that the two systems can be located within specific brain areas, while Khanneman argues the two systems exist throughout and don’t occur singularly in any one part.