What Are Perceptual Blocks That Influence Views When It Comes to Critical Thinking?

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The perceptual blocks that influence views when it comes to critical thinking can be seen as obstacles that prevent a person from clearly perceiving the information required to solve a problem, according to The Electric Web Matrix of Digital Technology. Blocks in critical thinking are known to impede people from reaching a reasonable basis relating to beliefs.

The main perpetual blocks to critical thinking include a strong resistance to change, labels, “black and white” thinking, hasty moral judgments, cultural conditioning and a reliance on authority, according to Professor Carla Thomson, who teaches critical thinking at Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif. Additional types of perpetual blocks include:

*Stereotyping or labeling: An individual is unable to see clearly when controlled by such preconceptions.

*Difficulties in isolating a problem: the person is unable to separate real problems from related problems.

*A difficulty that results when a problem has been narrowed down significantly: Little or no attention has been paid to environments or factors that surround the problem.

•Failing to use all five senses in observation. Multiple senses are regarded as extremely helpful when it comes to solving problems.

*Saturation or a sensory overload occurs when a person has been presented with too much environmental stimuli.