Book ID: CBB770758175

The Constructive Mind: Bartlett's Psychology in Reconstruction (2017)


Wagoner, Brady (Author)

Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 2017
Language: English

Publication Date: 2017
Physical Details: 240

The Constructive Mind is an integrative study of the psychologist Frederic Bartlett's (1886–1969) life, work and legacy. Bartlett is most famous for the idea that remembering is constructive and for the concept of schema; for him, 'constructive' meant that human beings are future-oriented and flexibly adaptive to new circumstances. This book shows how his notion of construction is also central to understanding social psychology and cultural dynamics, as well as other psychological processes such as perceiving, imagining and thinking. Wagoner contextualises the development of Bartlett's key ideas in relation to his predecessors and contemporaries. Furthermore, he applies Bartlett's constructive analysis of cultural transmission in order to chart how his ideas were appropriated and transformed by others that followed. As such this book can also be read as a case study in the continuous reconstruction of ideas in science.

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Authors & Contributors
Winter, Alison
Bennett, M. R.
Bergstein, Mary
Bourdon, Jerome
Collins, Alan F.
Garvey, Brian
History of Psychology
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy
Biology and Philosophy
History and Memory: Studies in Representation of the Past
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
American Psychological Association
Vanderbilt University
Yale University
Cornell University Press
University of Chicago Press
Senses and sensation; perception
Visual representation; visual communication
Bartlett, Frederic Charles
Descartes, René
Heider, Fritz
Beach, Frank Ambrose
Boring, Edwin Garrigues
Bozzi, Paolo
Time Periods
20th century
19th century
17th century
21st century
Early modern
Great Britain
Toronto (Ontario)
University of Toronto

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