Understanding by experiencing patterns

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This chapter focuses on the cognitive and emotional mechanisms of understanding. We
propose that understanding consists in seeing or, more generally, experiencing a pattern.
Patterns can be experienced by all sensory modalities and in abstract thinking, but here the
focus is primarily on the visual modality.

We discuss how understanding by experiencing patterns can be achieved in learning
processes. The goal of education should be that students understand the material they study.
We propose that this is achieved by helping them to discover patterns that they cannot find on
their own. We also highlight the role of emotions in understanding, especially the subjective
experience of an aha-feeling, which occurs when a pattern suddenly falls into place. Finally,
we present some educational techniques such as visualizations, simulations, and intelligent
tutoring systems that can be used for pointing out salient features in a pattern.


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Titel på värdpublikationA Smorgasbord of Cognitive Science
RedaktörerPeter Gärdenfors, Annika Wallin
FörlagBokförlaget Nya Doxa
ISBN (tryckt)978-91-578-0532-4
StatusPublished - 2008
Peer review utfördNej