Slouching Toward a Theory of Comprehension

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 837–838. Reviews the book, Scripts, Plans, Goals and Understanding: An Inquiry Into Human Knowledge Structures by Roger C. Schank and Robert P. Abelson (see record 1979-07723-000). The conceptual core of this book is the elaboration, beyond accounts in earlier publications, of the authors' conjecture as to the nature of human comprehension. According to this conjecture, conversation does not convey within itself more than a small fraction of the to-be-understood material. It serves, instead, as a guide to finding the proper information in the listener's mental reference library of scripts, plans, goals, and themes, modifying general entries as necessary; and filling in the blanks. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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