Accession Number:

AD1041589

Title:

Thoughts Invade Us: Lexical Cognition and Cyberspace

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

SCHOOL OF ADVANCED AIR AND SPACE STUDIES MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE United States

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2017-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

74.0

Abstract:

This study examines the conventional wisdom that language and discourse are the dominant elements in cognition, in order to ascertain whether the way in which the Department of Defense perceives cyberspace is, in fact, related to the way it has chosen to define the term to begin with. The author explains how words and discourse appear to fashion our mental frames, which combine to ultimately shape our actions. Two case studies involving GEN Ret. Keith Alexander and the U.S. Congress test whether the theory of lexical cognition holds true. The study concludes that the theory does not hold true and that something other than language and discourse must have a higher degree of agency in how people approach and interpret an immaterial phenomenon such as cyberspace.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Computer Systems Management and Standards

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE