Fast And Slow By Daniel Kahneman

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In Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman depicts the two very different but harmonious thinking systems of our brains. They are conveniently labeled System 1 and System 2. System 1 is responsible for quick and instinctive thinking and decisions whereas system 2 is much more methodological and slow. An important aspect of both is attention – while one system hardly uses any (consciously), the other monopolizes it. I believe attention is an important feature of thinking, and psychology in general, since it is essential to everyday functioning and holds a central role in development. Early on in development, the system most used is System 1, and the use of System 2 is greatly increased and improved with age. Attention plays a fundamental part in habituation since habituation is the decrease of attention to a stimulus until there is no response (or just a faint one) to it. Habituation is especially useful in measuring non-verbal measures in infants (Deloache, 1976). Attention is greatly affected by biological development – specifically the brain (Reynolds & Richards, 2008). It is generally known that control of attention increases with age and reason being is that brain structures are developing and maturing. Biological development is not the only domain that has a close relationship with attention – social development does as well. In order for infants to begin socialization with their parent or caregiver, they need to pay attention to them first. This initial
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