The Curious case of Jerome Bruner: an inquiry into narrative, science and meaning

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Franchuk, Neil
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Dept. of Psychology
Jerome Bruner (1915-2016) is rightly considered a central figure in the history of American psychology. Bruner is mostly known for his important contributions in bringing about the cognitive revolution of the 1950s. However, Bruner’s later work on narrative psychology provides many insights which can be of great value to modern psychologists. In particular, his critique of the cognitive revolution, his writings on the implications of a culture-centered psychology and his theory of the two modes of understanding, when taken together, illuminate some fundamental issues of psychology and provide a critical lens through which to view them. I argue that from reading Bruner we can better understand the trajectory of some of the enduring problems in the recent history of American psychology and also discover new ways of approaching the humanistic topics to which modern psychology has not done justice.
Research Subject Categories::INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AREAS , Dissertations, Academic , Behaviorism (Psychology) , Bruner, Jerome S. (Jerome Seymour) , Cognition , Learning, Psychology of , Psychology -- Methodology , Psychology, Applied