The Science of Stories: An Introduction to Narrative Psychology

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Routledge, 2008. jún. 30. - 240 oldal

The Science of Stories explores the role narrative plays in human life. Supported by in-depth research, the book demonstrates how the ways in which people tell their stories can be indicative of how they construct their worlds and their own identities.

Based on linguistic analysis and computer technology, Laszlo offers an innovative methodology which aims to uncover underlying psychological processes in narrative texts. The reader is presented with a theoretical framework along with a series of studies which explore the way a systematic linguistic analysis of narrative discourse can lead to a scientific study of identity construction, both individual and group.

The book gives a critical overview of earlier narrative theories and summarizes previous scientific attempts to uncover relationships between language and personality. It also deals with social memory and group identity: various narrative forms of historical representations (history books, folk narratives, historical novels) are analyzed as to how they construct the past of a nation.

The Science of Stories is the first book to build a bridge between scientific and hermeneutic studies of narratives. As such, it will be of great interest to a diverse spectrum of readers in social science and the liberal arts, including those in the fields of cognitive science, social psychology, linguistics, philosophy, literary studies and history.


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Narrativity as constraint on meaning construction 48
Narrative literatureand narrativepsychology 49
6 Theory of socialrepresentations 86
Foundations of narrative psychology 7
Summary 137 9 Narrative psychological content analysis 138
Reliability and validitystudiesofthe narrative content analytic programs154 What do wemeasure whentestingvalidity? 154 Summary 154 10 Social m...
psychological contentanalysis 175 The representation of common history 176 Summary 177 11 Roots and perspectives of scientific narrativepsychol...
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János Lászó is professor of social psychology at the Institute for Psychology of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest and the University of Pécs, where he is currently head of the Institute of Psychology and of the Doctoral School in Psychology.

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