Department Seminar - Glenn Adams

A cultural psychology approach to collective memory   Cultural psychology approaches highlight the idea of mind in context: how person-based structures of mind that are the focus of most psychological research exist in a dynamic relationship of mutual constitution with affordances for mind in the structure of everyday cultural ecologies.

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25 May 2016 - 12 h 30 min

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25 May 2016 - 14 h 00 min

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50 Avenue Antoine Depage - 1050 Brussels (Room DC8.322 - 8th floor, Building D, Campus Solbosch of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences - Université Libre de Bruxelles)   View map

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Departement Seminar

A cultural psychology approach to collective memory

 

Cultural psychology approaches highlight the idea of mind in context: how person-based structures of mind that are the focus of most psychological research exist in a dynamic relationship of mutual constitution with affordances for mind in the structure of everyday cultural ecologies. An important implication concerns the collective character of psychological processes. Conventional understandings of collective often refer to content or level of individual functioning: for example, approaches that define collective processes as individual experience (e.g., emotion) when collective identity is salient. A cultural psychology approach extends the notion of collective to consider how the structure of psychological processes is distributed beyond individual minds in the stuff of everyday worlds. From this perspective, the collective character of psychological experience emerges because people in the course of everyday action necessarily draw upon identity-infused affordances that (1) re-present the identity-relevant beliefs and desires of previous actors and (2) direct subsequent action toward identity-relevant ends. I illustrate these ideas with a discussion of collective motivation informed by research on collective memory and the identity-relevance of historical knowledge.

Glenn Adams is an associate professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Kansas (USA).

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