Lesson 1.1

The Science of Perspectives

Dive into this topic by watching the video, followed by key explanations and exercise below:

Key Concepts:

  • Perspective, in psychology terms, is how we encode our experiences in our own “internal language.”

    • A geologist and a teenager might picture different things when they hear the word “rock.”

    • An engineer and a designer might focus on different things when they see the inside of an automobile engine.

    • An immigrant and a native might interpret the seriousness of the wording of a Jury Summons letter differently.

  • Perspective is 1/2 of the “mental toolkit” that we use when solving problems.

    • Perspective is how we see and frame things.

    • This is a valuable dimension of cognitive diversity.

  • How do you know someone has a different perspective? We can only guess… or ask.

    • Perspectives are shaped by our life experiences.

    • Our life experiences are shaped by who we are, who we identify as, what we look like, where we’re from, and a number of other things.

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