I am a cultural psychologist, presently working as Professor at Catholic University of Salvador and Federal University of Bahia. My trajectory as a researcher has developed at the interface between cultural psychology of development and the field (theoretical and applied) of public health. I’ve been interested in the study of development in cultural context,  mainly through ethnographically methodologies. I’m happy to work with my wonderful colleagues and students from the “Bahia’s group”, known as “The maternos” (officially: “Developmental Contexts and Trajectories”, in Portuguese: CONTRADES), which has conducted studies and reflections and learned very much from Kitchens semiosphere.

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Professor Angela Uchoa Branco works at the Institute of Psychology, University of Brasilia. She founded, together with Dr. Valsiner and Dr. Maciel, the Laboratory of Microgenesis in Social Interactions-LABMIS in 1995. She was a visiting scholar at Duke University, at the University of North Carolina, USA, and for two years (2008-2009) was the Brazilian coordinator of an academic interchange between Universidade de Brasília and Universidad Autónoma de Madrid on the topic of culture, ethics, identity and citizenship. Dr. Angela Branco has carried out research projects concerning early child education and development, and the role of communication and metacommunication processes in different aspects of human development. From a cultural psychology perspective—built on a semiotic systemic co-constructivist approach—her research team aims at investigating the microgenesis and ontogenesis of human values and social interactive patterns among children, adolescents and adults. Moral development and the coconstruction of practices and values of cooperation, competition and individualism have been a special topic of investigation. More recently, she is investigating the emergence and prevention of bullying within school contexts, and the development of the dialogical self. Dr. Angela Branco edited with Dr. Jaan Valsiner the book Communication and metacommunication in human development (Info Age Publishing, 2004), and the book Cultural psychology of human values (Info Age Publishing, 2012). Together with Maria Claudia Lopes de Oliveira, she edited in Portuguese Diversidade e cultura da paz na escola (‘Diversity and peace culture within schools’, Editora Mediação, Porto Alegre-Brazil, 2012). She published many academic articles, and contributed with chapters to many volumes, including the Handbook of developmental psychology (Sage, 2003), and the Oxford handbook of cultural psychology (2012). Email: ambranco@terra.com.br.

Research Keywords: Cultural Psychology, MOral Development, Dialogical Self, Metacommunication, Values


Tiago Bento is finishing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the Research Laboratory in Psychotherapy (Instituto Superior da Maia, Maia, Portugal) with a research grant from the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology. His Ph.D. explored a multilayered model of narrative innovation that accounts for narrative transformation across psychotherapy through the combination of quantitative analysis of categorical time series and multivariate modeling of longitudinal data. His research interests are twofold: process-outcome processes in psychotherapy and the semiotic-dialogical processes of organization of selfhood. Email: tiagobentoferreira@outlook.com

Research Keywords: Psychotherapy, process research, multivariate modeling, state space grids, innovative moments, narrative, dialogical self


Lilian Patricia Rodríguez is Ph.D in Psychology, at the Center for Psychological Research, Cognition and Culture at the Universidad del Valle (Cali, Colombia) supported by COLCIENCIAS. Her research focuses mainly on cognitive and emotional child development, education and cultural practices; in this last field she has collaborative work in progress with York University, (Canada). She is also a recurrent visiting scholar of Clark University (USA). Currently, she is a deputy director of Psychology Department of Universidad de La Sabana, in Colombia. Email: liliam.rodriguez@unisabana.edu.co

Research Keywords: development, cultural practices, cognition, learning, childhood.


Patrick Byers is a graduate student at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His initial work in psychology focused on children’s developing knowledge of number and mathematics. Currently, his work focuses on ‘knowledge’ as a tool that is used for positioning and sense making. His underlying interest is in exploring possibilities for cultural-psychological approaches to lead to new ways of relating materialistic and phenomenological discourses in psychology. In addition to this work, Patrick has worked extensively on applied research contributing to the development of educational media. Email: patrickdbyers@gmail.com

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Kenneth R. Cabell is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow working within the sub-discipline of semiotic cultural psychology. Generally, his research interests focus on the cultural organization of human psychological functioning and experience. Specifically, his theoretical and methodological interests focus on developing a framework to better identify the mechanisms by which individuals make their experiences meaningful. His empirical interests focus on experiences of entrapment and other trapping phenomena. He is the Editorial Director of Culture & Psychology (Sage) and he is an editor of Psychology & Society. In addition to editing the book The Catalyzing Mind: Beyond Models of Causality (Springer) he is also an editor of the book series Annals of Cultural Psychology (Information Age Publishing). While at Clark University, he has been able to work closely with international researchers and scholars in the Kitchen Seminar Network as well as with the Niels Bohr Professorship Center of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University, Denmark. Email: KCabell@clarku.edu.

Research Keywords: Entrapment, Trapping Phenomena, Cultural Psychology, Semiotics, Semiotic Mechanisms


David Carré is Psychologist from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and currently is PhD student at the Doctoral School of Humanities, Aalborg University. Between 2006 and 2010 he worked as academic and research assistant of prof. Carlos Cornejo at Psychology Department, P. Universidad Católica de Chile. From May 2010 to May 2013 he was General Research Coordinator at the Language, Interaction and Phenomenology Laboratory (LiF Lab), Faculty of Social Sciences, P. Universidad Católica de Chile. There he collaborated in planning and conducting empirical studies on bodily coordination in face-to-face interactions –through 3D Motion Capture technology; at LiF he also conducted theoretical research on history of psychology and applied phenomenology. Since September 2013, David is part of the Niels Bohr Professorship Centre for Cultural Psychology, Aalborg University, as PhD student of prof. Jaan Valsiner. His project involves the study of scientific practices related to methodological developments and evidence’ construction from the human-centered perspective of cultural psychology.

Research Keywords: History of Psychology, Cultural Psychology, Socio-phenomenology, Human Studies of Science, Mutual understanding, German Philosophy and Romanticism


Mario Carretero is Professor at Autonoma University of Madrid, and Researcher of FLACSO (Argentina), He has received the Guggenheim Scholarship (1997). He was Santander Fellow at Harvard University (2009-10)  and Visiting Professor at Stanford University (Humanities Center) (2011-2).
He has carried out an extensive research on History Education and conceptual change. His last two books are “History Education and the Construction of National Identities” and “Constructing Patriotism”, being the last one translated into spanish and portuguese. Presently he is working on historical narratives along the lines developed in his chapter on the Handbook of Culture and Psychology, edited by J. Valsiner.

Key words: historical narratives, history education, conceptual change.


Kevin Carriere is a senior undergraduate student at Clark University. He has been research assistant at the University of Luxembourg (INSIDE Unit) and has been awarded the Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant and the Culture & Psychology Junior Researcher Grant. His research interests are the cultural psychology of sacredness and of other cultural artifacts, intersubjectivity and interobjectivity, and public policies. He is beginning to examine the work of scholars such as Werner, Kaplan, and Simmel to compare and apply their work towards the future trends of psychological research. Email: KCarriere@clarku.edu.

Research Keywords: cultural psychology, sacredness, public policies, semiotics, mechanisms, hierarchies


Jennifer Rodríguez is a Psychologist who works in the Medicine Department as an Educative Psychology (Students Subdirector). Her research interests focus in education and psychology development, specifically in the area of child development, guided by PhD. Lilian Patricia Rodríguez. Her research work has been reflected in different articles publication, conferences participation, coordinated a research group in Psychology department and participated in an international internship at Clark University, (Boston, USA). Email: jenniferroca@unisabana.edu.co

Research Keywords: Child Development, Cultural Psychology, Social Representations.


I was trained as an Animal Behaviorist, Developmental Psychologist, and Quantitative Psychologist, but now doing a large amount of History and Theory work. In particular, I am an expert on E. B. Holt, whose work connects backwards to William James and Charles Sanders Peirce, and forward to researchers like Tolman, Gibson, and Jastrow. Holt was a leader of the “New Realist” movement, and for decades was widely regarded as the most philosophically sophisticated behaviorist. My interests lie in resurrecting this work, connecting with experimental methods, and demonstrating its utility as a foundation for the emerging embodied cognition and enactivist movements. Because of my broad interests, I serve on the editorial board for Review of General Psychology, and have been quite involved in the activities of the American Psychological Association’s Division 1, The Society for General Psychology, as well as a wide variety of other academic societies. Email: echarles@american.edu.

Research Keywords: Psychological Realism, Ecological Psychology, History and Theory of Psychology, Edwin Bissell Holt, William James, Pragmatism


My research interests are focused on identity and change processes following a narrative and dialogical approach, applied to the fields of psychotherapy and human development. I have a special interest in studies that focus on psychotherapists’ contributions to the change process of clients in their multiple dimensions: alliance issues, technical issues, relational processes. I am also interested in understanding how therapist or relational factors are intertwined with and facilitate multiple change processes in clients (narrative and affective/experiential change, symptomatic change etc.). I am most familiar with process-outcome research with both qualitative or mixed designs, and the study of significant change events in psychotherapy. ADDRESS: Instituto Superior da Maia, Avenida Carlos Oliveira Campos, 4475-695, Avioso S. Pedro, Portugal. E-mail: ccunha@ismai.pt.

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My areas of specialization are metaphysics, ethics, and semiotics.  Areas of competence are: philosophy of culture, philosophy of psychology, philosophy of knowledge, philosophy of art, philosophy of economics, philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, and Asian philosophy. Email: CDemarco@clarku.edu.

Research Keywords: Ethics, Metaphysics, Semiotics, Symbols, Culture, Agency, Art, Logic, Mind

Vlad Glăveanu is Associate Professor at the Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Associate researcher at LATI, Universite Paris Descartes, and Affiliate of the Creativity Marketing Centre, ESCP Europe (London campus). He obtained his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics. His interests are in creativity and innovation, cultural psychology, social representations, social development, pragmatism, and history and psychology. He has published theoretical and empirical studies in a variety of journals such as Review of General Psychology, Culture & Psychology, Creativity Research Journal, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts, Thinking Skills and Creativity, etc. His upcoming books include ‘Thinking through creativity and culture: Towards an integrated model’ (Transaction), ‘Distributed creativity: Thinking outside the box of the creative person’ (Springer), and the edited volume ‘Rethinking creativity: Perspectives from cultural psychology’ (with Alex Gillespie and Jaan Valsiner). Vlad is also Editor of Europe’s Journal of Psychology (EJOP). Email: vlad@hum.aau.dk
Research Keywords: creativity, culture, social development, social representations, pragmatism


Danilo Silva Guimarães, Ph.D. is psychologist and professor of the Institute of Psychology (University of São Paulo). His first investigations concerned the understanding how people deal with the alterity in the dialogue, constructing semiotic resources for intersubjective actions in role playing situations. After, the I-other-world relationships–in which the alterity of the other is always present–were further explored with the investigation of interethnic and interdisciplinary issues, involving cultural psychology and Americanist anthropology, on one hand, dialogism and Amerindian perspectivism on the other hand. From a theoretical project we developed the instrument of dialogical multiplication as a device to make analysis of empirical data in field research and to psychosocial interventions involving Amerindian peoples in Brazil. Currently, I’m coordinating a research group on Cultural Psychology composed of researchers working on Ph.D. thesis, Master dissertations and undergraduate students working on projects of Scientific Initiation. Our investigations in cultural psychology incorporate the complexity and diversity of topics encompassed by the area. In a broad sense, we explore the cultural fabrics that give shape to meanings and actions of participants in concrete and specific life trajectories. We understand that all cultural fields are actively built by their participants, encompassing verbal and embodied processes of meaning construction. Such a semiotic-cultural and constructivist approach to cultural studies in psychology is grounded in the dialogicality of self-other-world relationships (cf. Marková, 2006; Valsiner, 2007; Simão, 2010) and in the symbolic action theory from Ernst Boesch (1991). Among other topics of investigation, we are focusing the history and philosophy of psychology, dialogue and perspectives in cultural psychology; cultural construction of meaning; relation between aesthetics and cultural identity; theoretical and methodological issues involving psychology and Amerindian peoples. Email: danilosg@usp.br

Research Keywords: Cultural psychology, dialogism, perspectivism, Amerindian peoples, semiotic-cultural constructivism, field-research, psychosocial intervention


Drs. Leonardus Albertus (Léon) van Gulik was born in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, on January 16th, 1974. During his study he already published twice (in 1998 en 2000) in the Dutch popular science journal ‘Prana’, before obtaining Master’s degree in Psychology at Radboud University, Nijmegen, with his thesis ‘On the Descent of the Man-Made Part of the Environment’, in which he outlined commonalities between cultural psychology and evolutionary thinking, advancing an ecological approach to cultural transmission. As a part of his internship during the master’s phase of his study, he spent a period at Clark University, Worcester, USA, in 2006, visiting Jaan Valsiner and Nicholas Thompson and thus being introduced to the Kitchen. Having been employed part-time during his study as an assistant (2001-2006), he secured a position as a tutor (2006-2008) and later as a lecturer (2008-2012) at his alma mater where he offered various courses in morality, magical thinking, personality, methods, culture, and also advised Bachelor’s and Master’s theses for both Developmental Psychology and Cultural Psychology and Psychology of Religion students. After he left the Radboud University, he became lecturer of Applied Psychology at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, we he offers courses on professional writing, methods, religion, personality, and so forth, and acts as an advisor and examiner for Bachelor’s theses. Currently he is also working on his self-initiated interdisciplinary PhD-project (due 2014). His research is aimed at establishing how transformation in belief comes about through the creative aspects of novelty, improvisation, and non-intentionality in and around contemporary Pagan ritual practice. Putting emphasis on qualitative methodology and interdisciplinarity, he seeks out how to combine the different fields by re-contextualizing psychology and theorizing anthropology. His main conclusions from the studies are that in contemporary Paganism, the ritualization of coincidences and the maintenance of association are the main contributors to religious creativity. The former pertains to the welcoming of chance elements in ritual and the emphasis on structure to enable imagination to roam freely, while the latter is about upholding ritual hygiene in order to safeguard the experienced sacredness of cosmological material.
Research Keywords: Cultural psychology, ecological psychology, environmental psychology, creativity, human experience, religion, qualitative methods


Gyuseog Han is a professor of social psychology at the Department of Psychology, Chonnam national University in Korea. His interest lies mainly on dynamic maintenance of social relationship from combined perspective of indigenous psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and language. He believes language and its use reflect important psychology of people. He is also interested in the working of we-ness and cultural epistemology of mind. Email: ghan@jnu.ac.kr.

Research Keywords: Hierarchy, mind, indigenous psychology, cultural psychology, we-ness


Irini Kadianaki is a Lecturer at the University of Cyprus. She has an MPhil and a PhD on Social and Developmental Psychology from University of Cambridge. In her research she focuses on the interconnection between identity and social representations and on cultural-symbolic mediation in life-transitions, in the empirical context of immigration. Email: kadianaki.irini@ucy.ac.cy.

Research Keywords: immigration, social representations, identity, stigma, meaning-making

I am a psychogeographer and historian of science. My current research is on the culturally-guided microgenesis of environment-related meaning in urban settings. I approach this process from a standpoint that bridges semiotically oriented cultural psychology and phenomenological humanistic geography. My empirical studies focus on walking in the city, and on modeling this process in controlled qualitative field experiments. My second major focus is the development, structure and metaphorical foundations of the concept of marginality. Finally, I write on the reception of ideas of the Chicago School in contemporary urban studies, particularly by the Los Angeles School. I also occasionally contribute to current debates on theory and methodology in the social sciences. I have completed my doctoral research at the Department of Psychology at Clark University, under the mentorship of Dr. Jaan Valsiner. Currently I am transitioning to the position of Assitant Professor at the Department of Communication and Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark, where my focus of research will be urban psychology, under the auspices of Niels Bohr Professorship Centre for Cultural Psychology. I am also an Associated Researcher at the Centre for Fundamental Sociology, National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, Russia. Email: nikita@hum.aau.dk.

Research Keywords: Marginality, Musical spaces, Psychogeography, Sense of place, Urban psychology


Alaric Kohler is lecturer and researcher in Educational Psychology at the University of teacher education HEP-BEJUNE & at the Institute of Psychology and Education, Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland. After graduating in philosophy, social and clinical psychology, he undertook a PhD on situations of misunderstanding in science education. His research interest is set at the crossing of socio-cognitive psychology, semiotics, and learning sciences. Email: alaric.kohler@unine.ch.

Research Keywords: socio-cognitive approach, learning processes, science education, dialogical learning, social interactions, natural logic, argumentation, semiotic catalysis, genetic epistemology, organic paradigm.


Koji Komatsu is an associate professor of Faculty of Education, Osaka Kyoiku University. He has been examining the emergence of children’s presentational self —the self that emerges from the configuration of a child and others in interaction that creates unique meaning to observers, based on the qualitative analysis of the daily interaction children participate in and the theoretical framework of semiotic mediation. He developed the idea of presentational self from the analysis of mother-child conversations and is trying to apply it to other types of interaction. Another subject of his analysis is the functioning of Gitai-go, a group of mimic words in the Japanese language. Email: komatsu@cc.osaka-kyoiku.ac.jp

Research Keywords: children’s self, conversation, storytelling, meaning construction, Gestalt quality


Elsa develops reaserach on adolescent and youth transitions to adulthood with young people from Bahia, Brazil. She received herPhD from Universidade Federal da Bahia. Her published work includes the paperSemiotic Regulation Through Inhibitor Signs (Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 2013) and Exploring the Role of Catalytic Agents in the Transition to Adulhood: A Longitudinal Case Study with Brazilian (soon to appear in the book Catalytic Mind, 2013). She is interested in semiotic mediation processes such as young people’s construction of a sense of belonging, construction of values and identity formation, as well as in life course transition processes. She is currently working on a project involving psychological and legal suuport for families facing divorce, as well as mediation of famility conflicts using a narrative approach, and parental orientation.
Email: e.mattos2@gmail.com.
Research Keywords: Semiotic Mediation, Catalytic Processes, Promoter and Inhibitor Signs, Life Transitions, Self Development.

Pina Marsico is Assistant Professor of Development and Education Psychology at the Department of Human, Philosophic and Education Sciences (DISUFF), at the University of Salerno (Italy). She is a 15 years experienced researcher, with a proven international research network including scholars from United States, Brazil, UK, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Columbia, Argentina, Switzerland, Cile, India and Norway. Even before obtaining her PhD, she carried out several studies and intervention funded projects in developmental and educational psychology. Her research track includes studies on developmental risk at school, youth deviance, school-family communication, boundaries and contexts. Pina Marsico is Assistant Professor of Development and Education Psychology at the Department of Human, Philosophic and Education Sciences (DISUFF), at the University of Salerno (Italy). She is a 15 years experienced researcher, with a proven international research network including scholars from United States, Brazil, UK, Denmark, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Columbia, Argentina, Switzerland, Cile, India and Norway. Even before obtaining her PhD, she carried out several studies and intervention funded projects in developmental and educational psychology. Her research track includes studies on developmental risk at school, youth deviance, school-family communication, boundaries and contexts. She is member of the editorial board of several international academic journals, such as “Culture & Psychology” (Sage) and “Integrative Psychology & Behavioral  Science” (Springer). In addition to editing the book Crossing Boundaries. Intercontextual dynamics between Family and School (Information Age Publishing) she is also an editor of the book series Annals of Cultural Psychology (Information Age Publishing). Email: Pina.Marsico@gmail.com.

Research Keywords: Cultural Psychology, Educational processes, Context, Borders, Crossing Phenomena.


Irina is particularly interested in comparative analysis of cultural backgrounds of psychological theories and implicit beliefs on human nature embedded into Theories of Personality. Her special interest lies in the analysis of the impact of the ideology on the development of psychological science, which is particularly pronounced under pressure of totalitarian and post-totalitarian regimes. Much of her research work is concerned with the problem of mutual understanding between different “schools” in psychology to promote integration of psychological knowledge in contemporary science. This problem is much relevant for Russian Psychology, which is now facing a challenge to join the international mainstream after years of development in relatival isolation. To facilitate the integration of Russian psychology into the international science, a certain hermeneutics is needed, which she is keen to perform. Email: mironenko_i@mail.ru.

Research Keywords: Theoretical Psychology, Philosophy of Psychology, Theories of Personality, History of Psychology of the XX-XXI century,  Social Cognition.


Raffaele De Luca Picione,  born in Naples (Italy) Jan 16th 1980, is PhD student at last year of course at the Doctorate School of Psychological and Pedagogical Sciences of the Humanities Department of University of Naples Federico II (Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici – Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II). He gained a degree in “Political Science” (2005) with a Social Psychology Dissertation about minority  à la Moscovicì, furthermore he gained  a degree in “Psychology of Relational and Development Processes” (2008) with a dissertation about “Time and Temporality” in Clinical Psychology. In 2010 he gained master degree in  “Clinical, Dynamic and Community Psychology” with a dissertation about “Language and Unconscious” at the University of Naples Federico II. His study interests are on the interconnection between language, emotions and thought. His researches and publications are focused on semiotic processes of meaning making, theoretical discussion about Semiotics, Dynamic Systems Theory, Cultural Psychology and Clinical Psychology and their interconnection. Important field of interests of research is the healthcare relationship, understood as a dynamic complex of manifold levels in whom subjective, inter-subjective and cultural fields are active and in relation. In the autumn of 2012 during the K-seminars cycle he presented a contribute about the processes of meaning making in healthcare relationship.

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Evelyn Díaz Posada is BA in Childhood Education and student of final semester of Psychology at the Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia). She currently serves as an intern in Investigative Psychology working with the PhD. Lilian Patricia Rodriguez and as young researcher of COLCIENCIAS (Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation of Colombia). Her experience and research work has been focused on development issues, culture and inclusive education. Her trajectory has been reflected in the continued participation in national and international academic events, writing of articles for publications in progress, participation in national networks, tutor in academic areas related to research, membership and coordinating of research groups and awards for projects qualified as meritorious. Email: leidy.diaz1@unisabana.edu.co; evel9022@hotmail.com

Research Keywords: development, culture, inclusive education, disability, multiple intelligences, abilities for life.


Philip Rosenbaum is a clinical psychologist in Haverford University: Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). He also is a third year psychoanalytic candidate at the William Alanson White Institute. His interests are in studying the commonalities between contemporary interpersonal analytic practice and cultural psychology. He is broadly interested in understanding meaning making processes as they occur in interpersonal situations.

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Lee Rudolph is Professor Emeritus / Research Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science at Clark University. Since 1968 he has published mathematics (research and exposition) widely. His poetry has appeared in magazines ranging from kayak to The New Yorker via The Mathematical Intelligencer and the American Journal of Physics, in anthologies, and in three books, most recently A Woman and a Man, Ice-Fishing (2006). He began attending the Kitchen Seminar in 2003, and won full-time support from an NSF Interdisciplinary Grant in the Mathematical Sciences (IGMS) to spend calendar year 2004 as a research full professor in Clark’s psychology department. Since then he has published a number of journal articles and book chapters on psychological matters.  In 2012, Routledge published his edited volume Qualitative Mathematics for the Social Sciences: Mathematical Models for Research on Cultural Dynamics. His current interests include rehabilitation of Kurt Lewin’s “topological psychology” and development of an “evolutionary ontology” parallel to, and building upon, the “evolutionary epistemology” of Konrad Lorenz and Donald Campbell. His present projects include the completion of a book chapter “Turtles all the way down? Recursion and infinity in the human sciences” and a long article “Funktionskreis as hermeneutische Zirkel: A study in evolutionary ontology and mathematical modeling”. Both those projects, as well as the four long survey chapters he contributed to his Routledge volume, have provided him with an opportunity to undertake “scholarly” investigations of a type that are rarely relevant to strictly mathematical research. In a separate development contemporary with his joining the Kitchen Seminar, in 2003 he also began a collaboration with his Clark computer science colleague Li Han on the application of topology to robotics, and found himself reimmersed in the “robotics community” (of which he had been a hanger-on at the MIT AI Lab in graduate school). An unexpected convergence of certain lines of his research there and in the Kitchen setting has led him to another present project, a book tentatively titled “Topology of Ambiguity: Stratified manifolds, finite topological spaces, partially ordered sets, indecision trees, and simple-homotopy for modeling ambiguity in psychology, robotics, and lyric poetry”. Stay tuned. Email: lrudolph@black.clarku.edu.

Research Keywords: ambiguity, emotion space, evolutionary ontology, life spaces, topological psychology, Umwelt


Lívia Mathias Simão, Ph.D., is Associated Professor at the Institute of Psychology of the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where she coordinates the Laboratory of Verbal Interaction and Knowledge Construction. She is also a sponsored researcher of the Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development. Her main research interest concern issues embracing the ontological construction of human subjectivity in I –Other – World relationships, She carries out two interrelated lines of research, Semiotic-Cultural Constructivism in Psychology and Verbal Interaction and Knowledge Construction. Both lines focus on the subjective processes of human cultural development, in which I–Other interactions, unfolding from the sociocultural field, as well as forming it, have a prime role. From this perspective, the researches developed and supervised by her regard the following interrelated dimensions: a) the psychological understanding of contextually situated processes in human knowledge construction taking place at the core of I-Other-World relationships; b) reflections on the historical-philosophical foundations that inform the theoretical-methodological proposals according to that perspective; c) the relevance and ethical implications of the theoretical-methodological generated proposals for research and professional practice in Psychology, as well as for allowing new and critical possibilities for the dialogue among Psychology and other areas of knowledge. Among her more representative works in English language are SIMÃO, L. M. (2005) Bildung, culture and self: A possible dialogue with Gadamer, Boesch and Valsiner?, Theory & Psychology , v.15, 549-574; SIMÃO, L. M. and VALSINER, J. (2007) (Eds.) Otherness in Question: Labyrinths of the Self, Charlotte: InfoAge Pub.; and SIMÃO, L. M. (2012) The Other in the Self: A triadic unit. In J. Valsiner (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology. New York: Oxford University Press, 403-420. Email: limsimao@usp.br.

Research Keywords:  I-Other-World relationships; Culture; Otherness; Alterity; Temporality; Dialogue


Luca Tateo is research fellow at the Department of Communication & Psychology, University of Aalborg (Denmark). He is Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow with the project “EPICS — Epistemology in psychological science, the heritage of Giambattista Vico and the cultural psychology”. He has been research fellow at the University of Salerno and the University of Sassari (Italy). His research interests are social psychology of education and epistemology of psychological science, revisiting the work of scholars such as Vico, Cattaneo, Wundt, Lewin, Moscovici to reflect upon the future trends of psychological research. Email: luca@hum.aau.dk.

Research Keywords: Epistemology and history of psychology, cultural psychology, social psychology of education


Rossella Traversa is PhD in Psychology at the University of Bari, Italy. Her doctoral project is focused on the psychosemiotic construction of ideological dynamics related to female subjectivities. Her main fields of research are religion, moral dilemma’s development according to a feminist thinking, and female networking activities through new media as different kinds of power arising from the margin. The whole research work aims at furthering a concept of “embodied sense-making”. The body-as-a-text-of-power is a central focus of research on female subjectivities in order to question the ordinary public vs. private dichotomy. Moreover, her scientific interests are deeply interconnected with the issues of the role of art in society. She has published articles on international and peer-review journals such as Culture & PsychologyIntegrative Psychological & Behavioral Science and International Journal for Dialogical Science. Email: rossella82traversa@gmail.com.

Research Keywords: psychosemiotic construction of female subjectivities, women and religion, moral dilemmas, gender technologies, embodied knowledge


After a 40-year of career research and teaching on the evolution of animal and human non-verbal communication systems, Nick Thompson retired, and now spends about half-time in Santa Fe, NM, and at his home, near Worcester.  Apart from his supervision of investigations on crows, jays, mimids, bobolinks, dogs, and babies, he has written extensively on what might loosely be called, the philosophy of ethology.  In this writing he has espoused a molar behaviorism, derived from long association with the students of E. C. Tolman and J. J. Gibson, in which psychological functions, often misunderstood as patterns of internal mental activity, are correctly understood as patterns of interaction between the organism and its environment.  He is currently trying to discover the foundations of this “natural design  perspective” in the work of Charles Sanders Peirce. Nick mostly follows the activity of the K-group from afar, but is able to join the group in Worcester for a few sessions at the beginning of every academic year.   He is keen that the K-group better articulate its relation to positive science.   In what sense is the scholarly activities of the K-group a search for truth and what, if anything, distinguishes it from truth-telling that is strictly fictional. Email: nthompson@clarku.edu.

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Jaan Valsiner is the Niels Bohr Professor of Cultural Psychology at Aalborg University in Denmark and Professor of Psychology and English at Clark University, USA. He is the founding editor (1995) of the Sage journal Culture & Psychology and Editor-in-Chief of Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Sciences (Springer, from 2007). In 1995, he was awarded the Alexander von Humboldt Prize for his interdisciplinary work on human development. Email: JValsiner@gmail.com.

Research Keywords: Cultural Psychology, Semiotic Dynamics, History of Psychology


Brady Wagoner is Professor MSO and Director of the MA program in Cultural Psychology and Social Practice at Aalborg University. He received his PhD from the University of Cambridge, where he was also co-creator of the Sir Frederic Bartlett Archive and journal Psychology & Society. His research has focused on the cultural and constructive dimensions of human life, especially in the contexts of memory, learning, communication, conflict and the self. Additionally, he is associate editor for Culture & Psychology and Peace & Conflict, and on the editorial board of five other journals. His books include Symbolic Transformation: The Mind in Movement through Culture and Society (Routledge, 2010), Dialogicality in Focus: Challenges to Theory, Method and Application (Nova, 2011), Culture and Social Change: Transforming Society through the Power of Ideas (Info Age, 2012), Development as a Social Process: Contributions of Gerard Duveen (Routledge, 2013), and Cultural Psychology and Its Future: Complementary in a New Key (Info Age, 2014). He is currently working on a book titled Bartlett in Reconstruction: Where Culture and Mind Meet (Cambridge). ADDRESS: Department of Communication & Psychology, Aalborg University, Kroghstæde 3, Aalborg, 9220, Denmark. Email: wagoner@hum.aau.dk.

Research Keywords: Cultural Psychology, Memory, Social Change, Social Representations


Meike Watzlawik is a visiting professor at the University of Osnabrück, Department of Development & Culture (since 2011), a private lecturer at the Technical University of Braunschweig, Department of Developmental, Personality, & Forensic Psychology (since 2008) and the CEO of a private career counseling institute in Bremen, Germany (since 2010). From 2008 to 2009, she was a visiting scholar (Feodor-Lynen Awardee of the Humboldt Foundation) at Clark University, Worcester, MA, working in the field of Theoretical & Cultural Psychology. Examining different aspects of identity has been the focus of her research: In depth, she examined the sexual identity development of adolescents in Germany and the United States (Watzlawik, 2004; Watzlawik & Heine, 2009), and the impact of sibling relationships on identity development (Watzlawik, 2008, 2009). The combination of different methodologies was her preferred approach when examining adolescents’ identity development in American traditional and non-traditional families (e.g., Watzlawik, 2011). She discussed the benefit of such combinations in several papers (e.g., Watzlawik, 2011). In addition, she critically reflects on constructs like “identity”, “cultural identity”, and “gender identity” in several of her publications stressing the need of clear definitions and transparency in science (e.g., Watzlawik, 2012; Watzlawik, in press; Watzlawik, Schachter, & Cunha, in press). As part of an international network, Watzlawik has worked with scholars from all over the world, has presented the collaborative work at conferences or in recognized publications like the Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology (Watzlawik& Valsiner, 2012). She is part of the editorial board of Culture & Psychology. Address: University of Osnabrück, Department of Development & Culture, Artilleriestraße 34, 49076 Osnabrück, Germany. E-Mail: m.watzlawik@tu-bs.de

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Tania Zittoun is professor at the University of Neuchâtel (Switzerland). A sociocultural psychologist, she has a long-standing in ruptures and transitions in life, informal learning all life long, and the role of fiction as symbolic resources. She currently more generally examines imagination and arts in the lifecourse. She is also interested in epistemological and methodological advancement in cultural psychology – such as by the use of diaries, documentaries and archives for case studies, and collaborative analysis. She is Associate editor of Culture & Psychology. Her last books are Cultural Psychology and Psychoanalysis: Pathways to Synthesis (S. Salvatore & T. Zittoun (eds.), 2011, Information Age Publishing) and Human development in the lifecourse. Melodies of living (T. Zittoun, J. Valsiner, J., D. Vedeler, S. Salgado, M. Gonçalves, & D. Ferring,  2013, Cambridge University Press).

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