The Mind in Context
A paradigm shift is changing the face of psychology. Replacing the computer model of human function, with its focus on internal psychological mechanism, is a model of human function as agency in context. In the new approach mind and context constitute one system, and psychological processes emerge from the transactions of individuals with the physical, social and cultural contexts in which they live. In the sixteen chapters of the book, leading experts in the field review evidence for the situated, social, and/or cultural nature of gene expression, brain networks, the regulation of hormones, perception, cognition, personality, knowing, learning, emoting, self, racial views, and beliefs. The result is a picture of the mind as highly malleable and adaptive to the constraints and affordances of its context, rather than as self-contained and pre-programmed.