Schema (schemata or schemas in plural form) is the term psychology that is used to describe the categories we create that help us understand the world around us.  These are the models we use to describe the world.

One can have a schema that describes the category of dogs as four-legged furry animals.  One could have a schema that describes unicorns as mythical creatures that fart rainbows and prance across meadows of clouds and cotton candy.  Our schema are defined by our past experiences and cognitions, and are used to describe the experiences and cognitions we will have in the future.

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  1. Posted by Wade Wachs » Blog Archive » Serious Schema Shift on 07.10.10 at 8:16 pm

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