Making Minds

The shaping of human minds through social context

Petra Hauf | St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S.
Friedrich Försterling | Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
ISBN 9789027222343 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027292742 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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Social stimuli are important proximate determinants of human thought, action, and behaviour. But does the social environment also have deeper, profounder, and possibly more distal impact on more lasting psychological structures and forms, generalizing across time and domains, such as traits, self-consciousness, abilities, and talents? This volume takes an interdisciplinary approach to the question of if, how, and how far the mind is socially fabricated: Philosophical contributions address conceptual tools for analyses of how person perceivers shape the psychological structures of the person perceived. Social psychologists consider some of the more local mechanisms of “mind making”, including self fulfilling prophecies, attributions, and self-verification. Moreover, they address the dramatic consequences of being ostracised. From a clinical perspective it is investigated how patients’ immediate social environment (e.g., the family) impacts on schizophrenic relapse. In addition, developmental psychologists report on investigations of the role of social factors, e.g., imitative learning, for the development of the social self. Finally an ethological perspective demonstrates the susceptibility of animals to social stimuli. These papers were previously published as Interaction Studies 6:1 and 6:3 (2005).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 4] 2007.  ix, 275 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents

Consciousness Research

Consciousness research

Main BIC Subject

JMS: The self, ego, identity, personality

Main BISAC Subject

PSY031000: PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2007060744 | Marc record