Well, i dont really 'think in perl', but i have to recognize that studying computer science and working with them makes me aproach problems in a more logical and structured way.
I think that this science gives you the ability, even without your knowledge, of abstracting all kind of situations and thus solving them in an efficient way.
This has reminded me an article about Jeff Hawkins, CTO of palmOne, who is researching a new theory about how the brain works
. This theory has been accepted in the medical community. This is a great fact since Jeff Hawkins is an enginieer whithout a medical degree.