ERIC Number: ED143567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Dec-10
Reference Count: 0
Psychology and the Search for Meaning. Inaugural Lecture.
Mundy-Castle, A. C.
The author reviews the evolution of man to stress the role of psychology in a nation's social and technological development. It is especially important for developing nations to realize that technology must be coordinated with human social and psychological needs. To clarify the type of being man is, the author provides an account of human evolution. Characteristics which initially separated man from apes included bipedalism, dextrous hands and opposable thumb, use of tools, increased size and complexity of the brain, sexual division of labor, and acquisition of language and culture. Simultaneous evolution of tools and language probably provided a basis for the emergence of conceptual thought. Language was especially significant in allowing man to transcend the physical world and to formulate his own history and future plans. A cross-cultural study of psychological development in infants is described in terms of its implications that humans innately search for meaning in life. The author concludes with a comparative analysis of the effects of parental stimulation on cognitive development in western and nonwestern infants. The intellectual development of nonwestern infants may be more socially oriented than technologically oriented. (Author/AV)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Lagos Univ. (Nigeria). Dept. of Psychology.
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