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How Best to “Go On”? Prospects for a “Modern Synthesis” in the Sciences of Mind

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posted on 2016-10-10, 14:53 authored by Kevin Moore, John Cromby
For some time, conceptual unity in psychology has been seen as both a scientific “holy grail” and a feared hegemonic project—see, for example Observer (1982), Kantor (1984), and Dixon (1983). This may be because a focus on integration, perhaps paradoxically, may intensify various tensions within a psychology whose sub-disciplinary constitution actually reflects fault lines and dualisms in the organization of knowledge more generally. In recent years, we have seen new areas of theory and methods, including enactivism, embodied cognition, discursive psychology, second-person neuroscience, developmental systems theories, and a stunning growth in the neurosciences, genetics, and epigenetics. Our contributors explore whether such advances have helped synthesize the diverse understandings of mind within psychology. In so doing they frequently emphasize the unifying prospects of dynamic, adaptive, action-orientated, “socialized,” systems-based, and embodied approaches, and are correspondingly critical of reductionist, mechanistic approaches. [Opening paragraphs]

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Frontiers in Psychology, 30 May 2016, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00766

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Frontiers in Psychology

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Frontiers Media

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1664-1078

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2016-05-09

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2016

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2016-10-10

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http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00766/full

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