Microgenesis, immediate experience and visual processes in reading

Rosenthal, Victor (2002) Microgenesis, immediate experience and visual processes in reading. [Book Chapter] (In Press)

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The concept of microgenesis refers to the development on a brief present-time scale of a percept, a thought, an object of imagination, or an expression. It defines the occurrence of immediate experience as dynamic unfolding and differentiation in which the ‘germ’ of the final experience is already embodied in the early stages of its development. Immediate experience typically concerns the focal experience of an object that is thematized as a ‘figure’ in the global field of consciousness; this can involve a percept, thought, object of imagination, or expression (verbal and/or gestural). Yet, whatever its modality or content, focal experience is postulated to develop and stabilize through dynamic differentiation and unfolding. Such a microgenetic description of immediate experience substantiates a phenomenological and genetic theory of cognition where any process of perception, thought, expression or imagination is primarily a process of genetic differentiation and development, rather than one of detection (of a stimulus array or information), transformation, and integration (of multiple primitive components) as theories of cognitivist kind have contended. My purpose in this essay is to provide an overview of the main constructs of microgenetic theory, to outline its potential avenues of future development in the field of cognitive science, and to illustrate an application of the theory to research, using visual processes in reading as an example.

Item Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:microgenesis, immediate experience, perceptual development, present time experience, subjective figures, perceptual processes in reading
Subjects:Neuroscience > Neuropsychology
Neuroscience > Biophysics
Neuroscience > Computational Neuroscience
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Philosophy > Philosophy of Mind
Neuroscience > Neurophysiology
Neuroscience > Behavioral Neuroscience
ID Code:2489
Deposited By: Rosenthal, Victor
Deposited On:01 Oct 2002
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:55

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