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Salmina N.G., Zvonova E.V., Tsukarzi A.E. (2019). Symbolic function in the structure of consciousness. Moscow University Psychology Bulletin, 3, 124-140

By: Salmina N.G.; Zvonova Elena V.; Tsukarzi Аnna E.;

Abstract

Relevance. The results of the interaction of man and the environment are fixed and function in the mind with the help of signs and symbols. The need to study the patterns of mastering the subject content presented in a symbolic form, as well as socialization in general, makes it important to appeal to the fundamental question of the correlation of symbolic function with the structure and work of consciousness.

Objective. This article represents the processual model of consciousness allowing to consider the symbolic function as a moving force of human connection with the surrounding world. The essence of this connection is cognitive. 

Methods. Analysis, synthesis and modeling. The study was carried out in the concept of a semiotic approach.

Results. Social origin of consciousness allows to model its structure. The following components of consciousness can be distinguished: the sensual fabric of an image; biodynamic fabric of the movement and action; meaning; sense.  

The symbolic function should be studied within the concept of the processual model consciousness. Logic of processual model imposes studying of signs and symbols moving from the separate nominal condition through the systemic organization to the reflection.

Conclusions. Consciousness can be studied through the processual model, where the main characteristic of its elements is the interaction and mediation by signs and symbols. The primacy of a sign or symbol is determined by the degree of orientation of the subject in the situation. The transition of a sign into a symbol occurs as a result of the inclusion of a separate sign in an increasing number of sign-symbolic systems. This is possible in the process of personal temporal and spatial inclusion in the general vector of the “chronotope”.

Sections: Empirical studies; Theoretical studies; Received: 06/15/2019
Accepted: 07/12/2019
Pages: 124-140
DOI: 10.11621/vsp.2019.03.124

Keywords: consciousness; sign; symbol; symbolic function; image of the world; structure;

Available Online 29.08.2019

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