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Professor Alan Costall

Emeritus Professor

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Biography

In my theoretical and historical work, I have been examining the origins of the dualistic thinking that pervades modern psychology: mind vs. world, mind vs. body, subject vs. object, individual vs. society, biology vs. culture. Drawing in a critical way upon pragmatism, phenomenology and ecological psychology, my work has been an attempt to develop an alternative approach to mainstream cognitivist psychology, based on the mutuality of animals and environments, people and their situations.

Previous academic positions include University of Southampton (1975-1994) and University College London (1974).

Research Interests

My research interests are wide, and include: children’s drawings, psychology of art, music perception, perfect pitch, autism, event perception, the meanings of things (‘affordances’), so-called ‘theory of mind’, and anthrozoology.

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