Cognitive Science has positioned itself to be a common ground in which models of mental processes from multiple disciplines merge both experience and discourse, therefore, situating as a common field for new learning theories, or for the formalization of previous ones. Updated and more complete graphical representations, incorporating developments in the field, may have the potential to make these theories more widely accessible for teachers and researchers in cross-multidisciplinary fields. In this regard, the present investigation attempts to generate a standard graphical language to represent complex mental processes by the introduction of functional principles, schemata and models, which have previously been successfully used in technical areas such as adaptive control systems, algorithm flow diagrams, or artificial intelligence. This graphical representation, named by the authors as “Cognitive Functional Representation” (CFR), is further shown to be efficacious in incorporating the essence of complex cognitive theories.

Published in: World Congress on Education (WCE-2018)

  • Date of Conference: 15-18 July 2018
  • DOI: 10.2053/WCE.2018.0062
  • ISBN: 978-1-908320-91-9
  • Conference Location: Dublin, Ireland