Storytelling and the Sciences of Mind

Overview

With Storytelling and the Science of Mind, David Herman proposes a cross-fertilization between the study of narrative and research on intelligent behavior. This cross-fertilization goes beyond the simple importing of ideas from the sciences of mind into scholarship on narrative and instead aims for convergence between work in narrative studies and research in the cognitive sciences. The book as a whole centers on two questions: How do people make sense of stories? And: How do people use stories to make sense of the world? Examining narratives from different periods and across multiple media and genres, Herman shows how traditions of narrative research can help shape ways of formulating and addressing questions about intelligent activity, and vice versa.

Using case studies that range from Robert Louis Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde to sequences from The Incredible Hulk comics to narratives told in everyday interaction, Herman considers storytelling both as a target for interpretation and as a resource for making sense of experience itself. In doing so, he puts ideas from narrative scholarship into dialogue with such fields as psycholinguistics, philosophy of mind, and cognitive, social, and ecological psychology. After exploring ways in which interpreters of stories can use textual cues to build narrative worlds, or storyworlds, Herman investigates how this process of narrative worldmaking in turn supports efforts to understand—and engage with—the conduct of persons, among other aspects of lived experience.

Table of Contents

  1. Contents
  2. Preface
  3. Introduction
  4. I. INTENTIONALITY AND NARRATIVE WORLDMAKING
  5. 1. Grounding Stories in Reasons for Action
  6. Worked Example I. CAPA: Beyond the Narrative Communication Diagram
  7. 2. Situating Persons (and Their Reasons) in Storyworlds
  8. II. WORLDING THE STORY: NARRATIVE AS A TARGET OF INTERPRETATION
  9. 3. Building Storyworlds across Media and Genres
  10. Worked Example II. Oscillatory Optics in Narrative Interpretation: Worlding/Unworlding the Story
  11. 4. Perspective Taking in Narrative Worlds
  12. 5. Characters, Categorization, and the Concept of Person
  13. Worked Example III. Scenes of Talk in Storyworlds
  14. III. STORYING THE WORLD: NARRATIVE AS A MEANS FOR SENSE MAKING
  15. 6. Narrative as an Instrument of Mind
  16. Worked Example IV. Stories of Transformation as Frameworks for Intelligent Activity
  17. 7. Narrative Embedding and Distributed Intelligence
  18. Worked Example V. Narrative, Space, and Place
  19. 8. Storied Minds (or Persons and Reasons Revisited): Narrative Scaffolding for Folk Psychology
  20. Coda: Narrative and Mind: Toward a Transdisciplinary Approach
  21. Notes
  22. References
  23. Index