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What are the “elements” of a representation?

Lahlou, Saadi ORCID: 0000-0001-8114-7271 and Abric, Jean-Claude (2011) What are the “elements” of a representation? Papers on Social Representations, 20. 20.1-20.10. ISSN 1021-5573

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A representation is usually described as an organized set of cognitive elements. But what are these elements? We discuss here the nature the “elements” of representations, starting from a seminal paper by Codol. Section 1 summarizes Codol’s formalism to describe the content and structure of representations: representations are made of “cognemes”. Section 2 demonstrates that cognemes, although necessary for description, cannot be considered final constituents of representations. Section 3 proposes rules of good practice to describe social representations.

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Additional Information: © 2011 The Authors
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2012 12:25
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2021 23:14

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