Cognitive processing cycle

The basic approach of the research is that in any situation - whether in interaction with a machine or in human communication - a human being is an information processor in which cognitive and emotional components interact according to the cognitive processing cycle.

The experiences and concepts we develop in the course of our lives are stored in the cortical system. They are retrieved via the limbic system, which represents a kind of central comparator. This compares perceptions with our own concepts and experiences and evaluates them emotionally.

This emotional evaluation allows us to think abstractly and to perform new, creative acts of thought.

Exactly the same emotional evaluation also leads to mental stress, to the devaluation of persons or objects, if they do not fit into our experiences and concepts. The results are work errors, defensive attitudes or bad leadership behavior.

Overall, the processing cycle succeeds in modeling and interpreting both positive and negative effects of human information dissemination in order to obtain a valid approach to mental stress and strain.

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