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The Puzzle of the Mind

Jerome Bruner, Phy.D., New York University
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Thursday, April 18, 1996
5:00-6:50 p.m.
225 Natural Sciences Bldg.
North Campus

"Concepts of Self"

What can be learned from a close analysis of how people "tell" about Self in different settings for different ends? How do we "map" these "tellings" on the folk construct of Self and how shall we develop our psychological constructs of Self to take account of both the "tellings" and the folk constructs? I will examine the possibility of considering Self as the central protagonist in a set of partially connected narratives that represent the relationship between Self and Others and Self and a world codified symbolically as "outside" Self- Other relationships. This is the system that yields an overall (but open) relationship between Self-Other, Culture, and Nature.

Jerome Bruner is Research Professor of Psychology and Senior Research Fellow in Law at New York University. Before coming to New York University, he was Watts Professor of Psychology at Oxford University, and before that, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Cognitive Studies at Harvard University. He has won many awards for his scientific work, including the International Balzan Prize, the Gold Medal of the CIBA Foundation, and the Distinguished Scientific Awards of both the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research on Child Development. He has written extensively on the processes by which human beings achieve, remember, and transform knowledge about the world. His most recent books are The Culture of Education (1996) and Acts of Meaning (1991). He is currently much occupied with the nature and uses of narrative thinking and with the means we use to interpret narrative meanings. This work has drawn him deeply these past few years into the analysis of legal narrative and interpretation.

with the Co-Sponsorship of  Department of Computer Science
Department of Linguistics
Department of Psychology
and the
Cognitive Science Graduate Student Association


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