ERIC Number: EJ909227
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Reference Count: 22
Transcending Cognitive Individualism
Zerubavel, Eviatar; Smith, Eliot R.
Social Psychology Quarterly, v73 n4 p321-325 Dec 2010
Advancing knowledge in many areas of psychology and neuroscience, underlined by dazzling images of brain scans, appear to many professionals and to the public to show that people are on the way to explaining cognition purely in terms of processes within the individual's head. Yet while such cognitive individualism still dominates the popular Western vision of cognition, modern scholarship rejects such a personalized view of the mind. Few students of cognition today still envision a solitary thinker whose thoughts arise solely from his or her own personal experience and idiosyncratic outlook on the world. The rise of the modern study of the mind coincides with the decline of the Romantic vision of the individual thinker and a growing interest in the nonpersonal foundations of cognition. In this article, the authors describe in depth two broad approaches that help people transcend individualism and to arrive at a more satisfactory understanding of cognition.
Descriptors: Individualism, Cognitive Processes, Group Dynamics, Psychology, Brain, Human Body, Psychologists, Social Cognition, Thinking Skills
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