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Schemata and Inferences across Time and Space

On the Thematic Continuities of Cognitive Psychology

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Graumann’s and Sommer’s scholarly paper on schema and inference models brings home effectively the importance of taking from time to time a step back from ongoing research concerns and examining an area of inquiry from a historical perspective. On doing so, one might discover that what has been considered the latest in theory and research actually is a comeback of sorts (the return) and that our house has been haunted by some pretty ancient ghosts. It is instructive to note, for example, how the schema notion reappears in cognitive research under a variety of guises. Concepts of such surface dissimilarity as cognitive organization, attitude, attribution or script turn out to be different specific manifestations of the general construct of schema and hence to be functionally equivalent so far as the general cognitive process is concerned. Zajonc’s (1968) observations notwithstanding, we do seem to share with previous generations of psychologists quite a significant heritage after all.

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  • Attribution Theory
  • Syllogistic Reasoning
  • Teleological Explanation
  • Schema Construct
  • Significant Heritage

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Kruglanski, A.W. (1984). Schemata and Inferences across Time and Space. In: Royce, J.R., Mos, L.P. (eds) Annals of Theoretical Psychology. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4615-6450-8_4

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