Pushing Archetypal Representational Systems Further

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Abstract

We revived Jung’s Archetypes to characterize what we see as an emerging confluence of evolutionary, embodied, and ecological responses to traditional cognitive models of mental representation. We propose that all humans possess archetypal representational systems that are (a) computationally grounded in perception and action, (b) shaped by learning and culture, and (c) biologically prepared by our ancestral past. Because these functionally modular systems arose in tandem with—and in response to—our increasingly complex social world, one implication is that even the most abstract issues studied in cognitive science may be, at least in part, scaffolded on more ancient social and emotional calculi.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-109
Number of pages7
JournalPsychological Inquiry
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 3 2019
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Archetype
  • emotion
  • evolutionary psychology
  • Jung
  • mental representation
  • motivation

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  • Psychology(all)

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Pushing Archetypal Representational Systems Further. / Becker, David; Neuberg, Steven.

In: Psychological Inquiry, Vol. 30, No. 2, 03.04.2019, p. 103-109.

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