Cognitive processing cycle

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

The experiences and concepts that we develop in the course of our lives are stored in the cortical system. They are retrieved via the limbic system, which is 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 carry out new, creative acts of thought.

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

Overall, the processing cycle makes it possible to model and interpret the positive and negative effects of human information processing in order to obtain a valid approach to mental stress and strain.

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