Modeling Iconic Literacy: The Dynamic Models for Complex Cultural Objects

Rebeca Puche-Navarro

in The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396430
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Modeling Iconic Literacy: The Dynamic Models for Complex Cultural Objects


Paradoxical objects are everywhere in human lives—and they are used as a cultural scenario to capture cognitive processes and trigger inferential operations. I look at how Nonlinear Dynamic Systems Theory can be used to make sense of cognitive processes, as these are embedded within the environment of cultural kind. Coordinating two different techniques—the minimae and maximae estimation, and the wavelet techniques—allow researchers to capture the dynamic nature of the mind. The discovered effectively inferential operations have a fractal structure. But perhaps more important is that the human mind in varied contexts and disparate perspectives may be studied by these techniques from Nonlinear Dynamic Systems Theory. The paradoxical objects—cartoons and other media—open a panorama for the study of the mind. The mind—through dealing with paradoxical objects—is sensitive and open to culture. It may be that cognitive and cultural psychology become united in the study of paradoxical objects.

Keywords: paradoxical objects; nonlinear dynamic systems; fractals

Article.  8680 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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