M. TODA uses this L. FESTINGER's concept (1957) as follows: "… one may get an information which is so out of range of his expectation that the validity of his cognitive simulator may be seriously doubted… On the other hand, the structure of the environment, particularly that of a society, may not remain the same in the long run, and the validity of the frozen cognitive simulator will be degraded accordingly" (1976, p,83).
"frozen" is a very significative adjective in this case: it transmits with full clarity a critical aspect of mental algorithms, which need to be stabilized in order to become useful, but may altogether become counter adaptive.
TODA makes the point: "So once one starts to "defend" his cognitive simulator, the need for defence will increase in frequency following the validity degradation, which will in turn decrease the real information input, and this may very well be the beginning of a vicious circle" (Ibid).
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