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Mind metaphors

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Researchers and theorists working in different frameworks conceive of thinking in different ways.  We can view thinking as information processing, as networks of neural reactions, and as deriving from socio-cognitive interactional patterns.

In the Handbook of Research for Educational Communications and Technology, these different approaches are summarised very simply in the following way:

  • the mind as machine
  • the mind as brain, and
  • the mind as rhizome (referring to a tangled mass of interconnected roots).
     
Mind as computer Mind as brain Mind as rhizome (= mass of roots)
a computer a brain a rhizome

 

In which category would you place the work of the following authors?

David Rumelhart        Alan Newell         Jay McLelland            Lev Vygotsky           Mikhail Bakhtin       Herb Simon
 

ANSWERS

Now read the original article to confirm these answers:
 

Mind as computer Mind as brain Mind as rhizome (= mass of roots)

information processing

Alan Newell

Herb Simon

neural networks

Jay McLelland

David Rumelhart

social links/community ties

Mikhail Bakhtin

Lev Vygotsky

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