Is there a primitive mentality essentially different from a civilized one? Or do people learn and mentally organize their experiences in similar ways in spite of differences in their cultures and in the content of what they have to learn?
We know that all people, if raised in the appropriate environment, prove capable of learning to speak any language and to think and operate effectively in the context of any culture. But what about different people's traditional bodies of specialized lore? Are they organized in similar ways, or not? Cognitive psychologists are interested in understanding how specialists mentally process and store their knowledge so that they can retrieve it as needed.
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