Bergner, R.M. / Published 2006 / Article
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Citation: Bergner, R.M. (2006). Underlying Cognitive Processes or Private Social Practices? In K. E. Davis, & R. M Bergner (Eds.), Advances in Descriptive Psychology: Vol. 8 (pp. 175-194). Ann Arbor, MI: Descriptive Psychology Press.
Abstract: This paper presents a critique of cognitive psychology’s underlying cognitive process program, as well as suggestions for a more scientifically and pragmatically viable approach. The paper proceeds in the following sequence. First, the mainstream point of view of contemporary cognitive psychology is outlined. Second, its program of searching for nature’s “underlying,” “unconscious,” and in principle unobservable cognitive micro-processes is criticized. Third and finally, cognitive science’s neuropsychology program is discussed, not with respect to the considerable value of what it has and may discover in future, but with respect to the interpretation that would appropriately be placed on its findings. Throughout this discussion, an alternative position, namely, that cognitive processes are best viewed as private or mental versions of human social practices, is advanced.