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Thinking inside the box—dynamical constraints on mind and action: Comment on Marsh et al.’s ‘‘Toward a radically embodied, embedded social psychology,’’ this issue

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2009
Title: Thinking inside the box—dynamical constraints on mind and action: Comment on Marsh et al.’s ‘‘Toward a radically embodied, embedded social psychology,’’ this issue.
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Name(s): Vallacher, Robin R., creator
Jackson, Deanna, creator
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2009
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Physical Description: text/pdf[5p]
Language(s): English
Identifier: 2796530 (digitool), FADT2796530 (IID), fau:2651 (fedora)
FAU Department/College: Department of Psychology Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Note(s): We concur with the embedded–embodied approach to social psychology so nicely articulated by Marsh, Johnston, Richardson, and Schmidt (this issue). In fact, we do not think they went far enough. Their perspective on the contextual and dynamic foundations of mind and action is a useful way to conceptualize and investigate interpersonal dynamics, but it can also be seen more fundamentally as a manifestation of an integrative conceptual framework and research paradigm for psychological processes at all levels of human functioning, from brain dynamics to societal dynamics. For that matter, the dynamical underpinnings of the approach they advocate could be applied reflexively to provide insight into the nature of theory construction in social psychology. We feel this perspective holds potential for generating a unified and coherent account of human experience, one that stands in marked contrast to the fragmented state of affairs that reflects the state of psychological science today (see, e.g., Vallacher & Nowak, 2006).
Subject(s): Social psychology.
Interpersonal relations --Psychological aspects.
Social interaction.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fcla/dt/2796530
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Host Institution: FAU

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