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This volume of articles comprises papers from the 25th annual conference of the Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA), which was held at the University of Huddersfield, England, in July 2005. The theme of the conference was ‘Stylistics and Social Cognition’, and as usual at a PALA conference, this theme was interpreted very widely by the participants, as the reader of this book will no doubt conclude.
At the heart of this volume, there is something of a reaction against the cognitive developments in stylistics, which might be seen as being in danger of privileging the individual interpretation of literature over something more social. The concern is to consider whether there is a more collective approach that could be taken to the meaning of text, and whether recent insights from cognitive stylistics could work with this idea of collectivity to define something we might call ‘commonality’ of meaning in texts.
Stylistics and Social Cognition will be of interest to those working in stylistics and other text-analytic fields such as critical discourse analysis and those concerned with notions of interpretation, collective meaning and human communication.

EXPLORING PRIMATE SOCIAL COGNITION: SOME CRITICAL REMARKS1) by HANS KUMMER, VERENA DASSER and PAUL HOYNINGEN-HUENE (Ethology & Wildlife Research, Institute of Zoology, University of Zurich-Irchel, Winter- thurerstrasse 190, CH-8057 Zürich, Switzerland; Department of Psychology, University of

In: Behaviour
Author: Justin Barrett

Smart Gods, Dumb Gods, and the Role of Social Cognition in Structuring Ritual Intuitions ¤ J USTIN L. B ARRETT ¤¤ ABSTRACT Religious activities of the Pomio Kivung people of Melanesia challenges a speciŽ c claim of Lawson & McCauley’s (1990) theory of religious ritual, but does it challenge the

In: Journal of Cognition and Culture

In this chapter, I want to talk about the practice of ‘thinking with children’ from a philosophical standpoint. My considerations are however largely based on psychological research since the 1930s. The importance of social interaction for human development has been prominently argued for by Lev Vygotsky. Taking as a primary goal of argumentation that the way we think is largely shaped by sociocultural constraints and especially by early childhood interaction with caregivers and family, there have been various directions in which Vygotsky’s ideas have been applied or extended. I will first present the recent attempts to strengthen the intersubjective position in philosophy of psychology, relying on the work of Shaun Gallagher, Colwyn Trevarthen and Wilfrid Sellars. The concept of embodied, enactive cognition is especially important in this context and will be introduced into the problem space as well. Problems with this ‘Interaction Theory’ (IT) will be critically assessed and replied to. Finally, I want to highlight some practical applications of IT that can either naturally be found in or can be thought about being implemented in areas like musical education or natural learning. IT has the merit of being supported by a vast amount of empirical studies as well as by solid analytic and phenomenological argumentations. On this view, social cognition is not just explained by the development of a child’s cognitive faculties, but by the child as interacting and thinking with other people. Social interaction shapes the way we understand others as well as the way we understand the world. Although the ideas of IT are originally intended to answer questions about early childhood development, the means of primary and secondary intersubjectivity remain influentially in use after infancy.

In: Creative Engagements With Children Inside and Outside School Contexts

aggression got significantly more food than the other goats. Such complex social interactions may be supported by cognitive mechanisms similar to those of chimpanzees. We discuss these results in the context of current issues in mammalian cognition and socio-ecology. Keywords : social cognition, goats

In: Behaviour

their own. Keywords : dogs, perspective taking, social cognition. Introduction Recent studies have shown that dogs, most likely as a result of domestica- tion, possess special abilities to read human given communicative signals (Hare et al., 1998; Miklosi et al., 1998; Agnetta et al., 2000). Each study

In: Behaviour

welcome contributions from experimental psychology, developmental psychology, social cognition, neuroscience, human evolution, cognitive anthropology, and cognitive comparative religion. Cross-cultural studies that emphasize regularities are also encouraged. The primary focus of the journal is on

In: Journal of Cognition and Culture
Author: Uffe Schjoedt

, Nina Azari, relaxation response, social cognition I. Introduction Brain science has become increasingly popular in the humanities. A few decades ago, experimental neuroscience was almost exclusively used in the study of basic biological and psychological processes. Now, the wide distribu- tion and

In: Method & Theory in the Study of Religion
Author: Bertram Malle

, moral psychology, psychology and law, social cognition, attribution In this article I explore the relationships between judgments of inten- tionality and moral evaluation. I begin by introducing a model of the folk concept of intentionality – the concept that ordinary people use when making sense of

In: Journal of Cognition and Culture
Authors: Henry Wellman and Joan Miller

description and explanation, and autobiographical memory, research that spans from infancy to adulthood and includes a variety of cultural communities. KEYWORDS Social cognition, theory of mind, moral judgment, development, culture Folk psychology and folk morality may or may not prove to be two very di ff

In: Journal of Cognition and Culture