On mind, mediation and meaning-making

Märtsin, Mariann (2012) On mind, mediation and meaning-making. Culture and Psychology, 18(3), pp. 425-440.

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This paper takes inspiration from the integrative model of human mind proposed by Brinkmann (2011, 2012) and argues that the kind of integration that he seeks to attain can only be achieved if the model focuses on the processes that underlie the functioning of the human mind and not on the entities that these processes produce or function by. An alternative integrative model is thus proposed. In the first part of the paper the process of meaning-making will be explored. It will be argued that an integrative conceptualisation of human mind needs to take into account pre-reflective and unmediated as well as reflective and mediated states through which meanings become constructed. In the second part of the paper the idea of semiotic mediation will be explored. It will be argued that an integrative model of human mind needs to focus not only on different kinds of mediators, but also explain how these are used reflectively and non-reflectively by individuals themselves and visibly or invisibly by others in our everyday interactions.

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ID Code: 79013
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: active semiosis, invisible mediation, meaning-making, mind, semiotic mediation
DOI: 10.1177/1354067X12446231
ISSN: 1461-7056
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Author
Deposited On: 30 Nov 2014 22:18
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2015 22:29

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