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Wilma Koutstaal

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780195367188

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367188.001.0001

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Implications and Applications of the iCASA Framework for Fostering Agile Thinking

Implications and Applications of the iCASA Framework for Fostering Agile Thinking

(p.573) 12 Implications and Applications of the iCASA Framework for Fostering Agile Thinking
The Agile Mind

Wilma Koutstaal

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the implications and applications of the integrated Controlled-Automatic, Specific-Abstract (iCASA) framework, and outlines some of the many important research questions that remain regarding when, and how, we can more consistently and more optimally realize the forms of adaptive flexibility in thought and action that our agile minds can make possible. The chapter is organized in the form of broad questions that are then expanded by selected reminders of key findings, additional evidence regarding possible applications or implications, and more specific questions and research directions. The primary aim is to “put the iCASA framework to work” and to identify the sometimes surprising implications and possibilities opened up by this way of looking at our minds. A secondary aim, accomplished through the question-plus-elaboration format, is both to underscore some of the central findings considered and to interrelate and integrate findings across and within chapters. To this end, the questions span all three parts of the book—memory, categorization, and concepts; motivation and emotion; and brain and environment. The questions are very broadly grouped into four sections, concerning oscillatory range in levels of specificity and levels of control; environmental enrichment and stimulation; the interpenetration of concepts with perception, action/motivation, and emotion; and broader educational, policy, and ethical implications.

Keywords:   iCASA, adaptive flexibility, thought, mental agility, memory, categorization, motivation, emotion, environmental enrichment, stimulation

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