By Michael Cole
Alexander Luria was once the most influential psychologists of the twentieth century. His legitimate autobiography used to be written as a citizen of the Soviet Union, and whereas it offers a compelling tale of his lifelong devotion to constructing a entire concept of the organic and cultural foundations of human nature, it really is conspicuous for the absence of data concerning the social context of his paintings and his own struggles to be an honest individual in indecent times.
The present "dialogic autobiography" brings the power of Luria's rules again to lifestyles. Michael Cole and Karl Levitin, either one of whom knew Luria good and feature written approximately his existence and paintings, have written a delicately researched advent and epilogue to the unique autobiography. they supply readers, for the 1st time, with information regarding the social and private contexts of Luria's outstanding achievements. Their account is supplemented by way of a DVD with recollections of prime psychologists from world wide who knew and labored with Luria. ultimately, Luria's existence and technology are introduced jointly in one volume.
The ebook will attract psychologists, neuropsychologists, and different scientists attracted to Luria's lifestyles achievements.
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In place of a telephone station, Luria suggested the idea of a dynamically organized system, composed of subsystems, each of which contributed to the organization of the whole. In the 1920s this might have sounded like a version of Gestalt psychol- . . 10 The Historical Context . . ogy, but it could come as no surprise to cognitive psychologists when more than thirty years later Luria seized upon Miller, Galanter, and Pribram's Plans and the Structure of Behavior, a pioneering effort to apply computer systems analysis to psychology, as a kindred expression of concern for the limitations of stimulus response theory and as a mechanical analogy which, despite its limitations, began to approach his idea of what human systems might be like.
When Piaget's Language and Thought of the Child became known to us, we studied it carefully. A fundamental disagreement with the interpretation of the relation between language and thought distinguished our work from that of this great Swiss psychologist. But we found the style of his research, especially his use of the clinical method in the study of individual . . 42 Vygotsky . . cogmtlve processes, highly compatible with our goal of discovering the qualitative differences that distinguish children of different ages.
B. Titchener's textbooks and even of Hibffding's Empirical Psychology (which by that time, owing to its boring content, had accumulated a certain negative symbolic significance for me). Chelpanov had published a psychology textbook for secondary schools which went through almost twenty printings prior to the Revolution. This large volume, entitled Brain and Mind, was devoted to a discussion of the relation between subjective experience and the material world. Here Chelpanov tackled the perennial problem of European psychology at the time: Do mind and matter interact in the brain, or do they merely work parallel to each other?
Autobiography of Alexander Luria: A Dialogue with the Making of Mind by Michael Cole