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Interpretative phenomenological analysis and embodied, active, situated cognition

Larkin, M. and Eatough, Virginia and Osborn, M. (2011) Interpretative phenomenological analysis and embodied, active, situated cognition. Theory & Psychology 21 (3), pp. 318-337. ISSN 0959-3543.

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We describe here some of the developing conversations between “third phase” cognitive science and phenomenological philosophy. Contributors to these conversations treat cognition as an embodied, active, and situated phenomenon. We argue that, despite much promise, proper engagement with the foundational phenomenological concept of a situated, meaning-making person has yet to be fully reflected in these conversations. We note that the outcomes of this dialogue have important implications for the field of phenomenological psychology. In particular, we demonstrate that one qualitative method, interpretative phenomenological analysis, can make a useful contribution to the ongoing developments in this field. We suggest that it can provide a valuable hermeneutic counterpoint to the primacy of empiricist methods. Through reference to sustained examples from research participants’ accounts of chronic pain, we show how qualitative phenomenological approaches, such as interpretative phenomenological analysis, can illuminate the importance of situating embodied personal experience in the context of meaning, relationships, and the lived world.

Item Type: Article
Keyword(s) / Subject(s): consciousness, hermeneutic constructivism, philosophy, scientific progress, social cognition
School or Research Centre: Birkbeck Schools and Research Centres > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
Depositing User: Administrator
Date Deposited: 18 May 2011 11:44
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 15:27

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