Annals of Theoretical Psychology

The Catalyzing Mind

Beyond Models of Causality

Editors: Cabell, Kenneth R, Valsiner, Jaan (Eds.)

  • ​Explores the basic concept of "catalysis"—in philosophy, chemistry, and recent beginnings in psychology
  • Emphasizes the use of catalysis as a concept in a semiotic cultural psychology
  • Synthesizes the conceptual and empirical development of catalysts and catalysis in (cultural) psychology
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How do we understand and explain phenomena in psychology? What does the concept of “causality” mean when we discuss higher psychological functions and behavior? Is it possible to generate “laws” in a psychological and behavioral science—laws that go beyond statistical regularities, frequencies, and probabilities? An international group of authors compare and contrast the use of a causal model in psychology with a newer model—the catalytic model. The Catalyzing Mind: Beyond Models of Causality proposes an approach to the qualitative nature of psychological phenomena that focuses on the psychological significance and meaning of conditions, contexts, and situations as well as their sign-mediating processes. Contributors develop, apply, and criticize the notion of a catalyzing mind in hopes of achieving conceptual clarity and rigor. Disciplines such as philosophy, psychology, semiotics and biosemiotics are used for an interdisciplinary approach to the book. Research topics such as history and national identity, immigration, and transitions to adulthood are all brought into a dialogue with the concept of the catalyzing mind. With a variety of disciplines, theoretical concepts, and research topics this book is a collective effort at an approach to move beyond models of causality for explaining and understanding psychological phenomena.

About the authors

Kenneth R. Cabell is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow working within the sub-discipline of semiotic cultural psychology. Generally, his research interests focus on the cultural organization of human psychological functioning and experience. Specifically, his theoretical and methodological interests focus on developing a framework to better identify the mechanisms by which individuals make their experiences meaningful. His empirical interests focus on experiences of entrapment and other trapping phenomena. He is the Editorial Director of Culture & Psychology (Sage) and he is an editor of Psychology & Society. In addition to editing the book The Catalyzing Mind: Beyond Models of Causality (Springer) he is also an editor of the book series Annals of Cultural Psychology (Information Age Publishing). While at Clark University, he has been able to work closely with international researchers and scholars in the Kitchen Seminar Network (www.kitchenseminar.com) as well as with the Niels Bohr Professorship Center of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark.

Jaan Valsiner is the Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark, and Professor of Psychology and English at Clark University, USA. He is the founding editor (1995) of the Sage journal, Culture & Psychology and Editor-in-Chief of Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Sciences (Springer, from 2007). In 1995 he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for his interdisciplinary work on human development.

Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Systematic Systemics: Causality, Catalysis, and Developmental Cybernetics

    Cabell, Kenneth R. (et al.)

    Pages 3-13

  • Breaking the Arrows of Causality: The Idea of Catalysis in its Making

    Valsiner, Jaan

    Pages 17-32

  • Cause and Catalyst: A Differentiation

    Kohler, Alaric

    Pages 33-70

  • Catalysis, Functional Explanations and Functionalism in Psychology

    Klempe, Sven Hroar

    Pages 71-92

  • Semiotic Scaffolding: A Biosemiotic Link Between Sema and Soma

    Hoffmeyer, Jesper

    Pages 95-110

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Catalyzing Mind
Book Subtitle
Beyond Models of Causality
Editors
  • Kenneth R Cabell
  • Jaan Valsiner
Series Title
Annals of Theoretical Psychology
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4614-8821-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4614-8821-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4614-8820-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5545-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 303
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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