Thursday, 17 August 2017

Evaluating the Meaning of the Information Message and Speech-Mental Activity of a Person


We would like to offer to the attention of the readers a scientific report as a statement of the author’s hypothesis, which is experimentally tested, but requires an additional verification. The report addresses the trends outlined in the course of the scientific research on identification of regular patterns that describe the influence of information on people. The content of this scientific report relates to the field of interdisciplinary scientific research at the junction of the information theory and cognitive psychology. The article describes the criteria for evaluating the meaning of an information message and a speechmental activity of a person. Subject to an appropriate follow-on development, the results obtained can be applied in cognitive psychology, psychiatry and in the domain of artificial intellect.

We continue publishing the findings of the scientific research on the topic of information influence on people. This scientific report addresses the findings of the research, the beginning of which was described in our article. In this research we tried to identify the criteria for evaluating the meaning of an information message and speech-mental activity of a person. While the work has been performed, healthy people have been involved as test subjects. But, it would be useful and interesting to conduct a series of experiments under clinical conditions, because in terms of emotions, a healthy individual and a person suffering from a mental disorder can perceive the meaning of the same information message in dissimilar ways. The sphere of our scientific interest includes the elements of information theory and cognitive psychology. Characterizing cognitive psychology as a new scientific trend in psychology, W. Naisser noted in his book that tracing the movement of the information flow within the “system” (i.e. in the brain) is a toppriority objective in this new field of knowledge. The goal set by one of the founders of cognitive psychology is identical to the goal of our scientific work. 

This implies that the object of our study is cognitive psychology, which we research using the method of information theory. A person conveys or receives information in the process of speech-mental activity. This is a conscious or unconscious intellectual activity of a person, in which information is used in the form of speech. For presentation of information, an alphabet of the relevant natural language is used. One of the derivatives of the speech-mental activity of a person is a textual information message (text), to which a person attaches some meaning. A textual information message with a sense attached to it is the subject of our research. The speech-mental activity plays an important role in the process of interaction between people. One of the reasons why conflicts occur between people could be a misinterpreted information message. In other words, misinterpretation of the sense of the information message. This question is also relevant in psychiatry for evaluation of the speech-mental activity of a person in a disturbed state of mind (delirium).

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