What Is Cognition?

Critical Thinking Questions

Describe an event schema that you would notice at a sporting event.


Answers will vary. When attending a basketball game, it is typical to support your team by wearing the team colors and sitting behind their bench.

Explain why event schemata have so much power over human behavior.


Event schemata are rooted in the social fabric of our communities. We expect people to behave in certain ways in certain types of situations, and we hold ourselves to the same social standards. It is uncomfortable to go against an event schema—it feels almost like we are breaking the rules.