This lucidly argued volume covers the key philosophical revolutions that are shaping contemporary psychology. Harr[ac]e and Gillett herald a new paradigm in psychology, dissolving the Cartesian distinction between mind and body in favour of the discursive turn in psychological theory. The authors explore the discursive origins of the self, the problem of agency and social understanding of personality. In the process, they elevate the emotions to a significant place in our understanding of mind, action and being. The theoretical breadth of the book is matched by its treatment of a wide range of subjects, including: consciousness; the brain; perception; thought; personality; and the emotions.
Chapter 3: Thoughts
Cognition and Thought
When we examine the ways in which psychology studies thoughts and thinking, the essential functions of mind, we find that we become enmeshed in experiments on what are called cognitive processes. These have to do with the ways in which patterns and complex stimuli are organized and recognized by a person, the factors that affect recall of previously learned or encountered information, the understanding of language, and the procedures that seem to be involved in human problem solving. Before we start to explore some of this material, it would be as well to try to say something about the relation between thought and cognition. To do this we will need to focus on thoughts as we [Page 38]normally understand them and then ...