© 1988

Indigenous Cognition: Functioning in Cultural Context

  • J. W. Berry
  • S. H. Irvine
  • E. B. Hunt

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 41)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. Introduction

    1. J. W. Berry, S. H. Irvine, E. B. Hunt
      Pages 1-5
  3. Indigenous and Universal Cognition

  4. African Evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. J. B. Deregowski, A. M. Bentley
      Pages 177-185
    3. J. W. Berry, J. M. H. van de Koppel, R. C. Annis
      Pages 187-210
  5. Native North American Evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. Roland Chrisjohn, Shelagh Towson, Michael Peters
      Pages 257-283
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 285-292

About this book


Cognitive psychology has established itself as one of the major branches of the discipline. with much to its credit in such areas as decision making. information processing. memory and learning. Similarly. the assessment of cognitive abilities has become one of the hallmarks of the practice of psychology in the school. in the factory and in the clinic. In recent years. these two branches have begun to interact. and the two approaches have begun mutually to engage each other. A third trend, that of cross-cultural cognitive psychology, has been informed both by experimental cognitive sciences and by the practice of ability assessment (see. for example. Berry and Dasen, 1974; Cole and Scribner, 1974). However. the reverse has not been true: the cognitive processes and abilities of much of the world's peoples studied by cross-cultural psychologists have not been introduced to psychologists working in these two Western traditions (see Irvine and Berry, 1987). This volume attempts to begin this introduction by asking the question: "What is known about the cognitive functions of other peoples that could enable extant psychology to become more comprehensive, to attain a 'universal' cognitive psychology?" Who are these "other peoples". and by extension, what then is "indigenous cognition"? The first question is rather easy to answer. but the second is more difficult.


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Editors and affiliations

  • J. W. Berry
    • 1
  • S. H. Irvine
    • 2
  • E. B. Hunt
    • 3
  1. 1.Queen’s UniversityCanada
  2. 2.Plymouth PolytechnicEngland
  3. 3.University of WashingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Indigenous Cognition: Functioning in Cultural Context
  • Editors J.W. Berry
    S.H Irvine
    E.G. Hunt
  • Series Title NATO ASI Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-90-247-3671-3
  • Softcover ISBN 978-94-010-7749-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-009-2778-0
  • Series ISSN 0258-123X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 292
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cognitive Psychology
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