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`For those already familiar with discursive work it will be a joy - Edwards writes with enormous clarity and insight. For psychologists whose work involves an understanding of the relations between language and cognition this book will be essential reading.... This is a demanding book that will repay close attention. It can also be dipped into as a resource for the brilliant reworkings of traditional psychological topic areas, such as emotion, language, cognition, categories, AI, narrative, scripts and developmental psychology. If you want a glimpse into the future of psychology, get this book - the end of cognitivism starts here' - History and Philosophy of Psychology The central project of this mult

Cognitivism and Cognition
Cognitivism and cognition

Cognitivism is both more and less than the study of cognition. It is more in that it covers not only topics such as knowledge, reasoning, and memory, but extends to most of the rest of psychology and cultural life, including social relationships and child development, and topics such as psycho-pathology and the emotions. That extension, beyond the more straightforwardly ‘cognitive’, is accomplished by treating knowledge-based processes (or even a particular, information processing version of them) as primary, the foundation of all the rest.1 Social psychology, for example, becomes ‘social cognition’, in which the central explanatory framework is people's mental representations and understandings of each other; just as the psychology of children has become predominantly the study of their ‘cognitive development’. ...

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