Encyclopedia of Critical Psychology

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Teo


Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-5583-7_470


Situatedness is a theoretical position that posits that the mind is ontologically and functionally intertwined within environmental, social, and cultural factors. As such, psychological functions are best understood as constituted by the close coupling between the agent and the environment. Situatedness is frequently understood in contradistinction to a traditional cognitive science approach that characterizes the mind as an essentially interior entity, one that is conceptually separated from the environment but can interact with it through computational manipulations of mental representations. In contrast, situatedness argues against a strict dualism of mind and world. This anti-dualistic stance is, perhaps, what most marks situatedness from traditional cognitivist models of the mind. The term has been used by a wide range of contemporary theorists, including psychologists, philosophers, education theorists, cognitive scientists, and roboticists. Although increasingly...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyIndianna University South BendSouth BendUSA