Symbol/Meaning paired-associate recall: an "archetypal memory" advantage?

Sotirova-Kohli, Milena; Opwis, Klaus; Roesler, Christian; Smith, Steven M; Rosen, David H; Vaid, Jyotsna; Djonov, Valentin (2013). Symbol/Meaning paired-associate recall: an "archetypal memory" advantage? Behavioral sciences, 3(4), pp. 541-561. MDPI 10.3390/bs3040541

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The theory of the archetypes and the hypothesis of the collective unconscious are two of the central characteristics of analytical psychology. These provoke, however, varying reactions among academic psychologists. Empirical studies which test these hypotheses are rare. Rosen, Smith, Huston and Gonzales proposed a cognitive psychological experimental paradigm to investigate the nature of archetypes and the collective unconscious as archetypal (evolutionary) memory. In this article we report the results of a cross-cultural replication of Rosen et al. conducted in the German-speaking part of Switzerland. In short, this experiment corroborated previous findings by Rosen et al., based on English speakers, and demonstrated a recall advantage for archetypal symbol meaning pairs vs. other symbol/meaning pairings. The fact that the same pattern of results was observed across two different cultures and languages makes it less likely that they are attributable to a specific cultural or linguistic context.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Anatomy

UniBE Contributor:

Djonov, Valentin

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

2076-328X

Publisher:

MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Ruslan Hlushchuk

Date Deposited:

09 Feb 2015 14:04

Last Modified:

11 Feb 2015 00:06

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/bs3040541

PubMed ID:

25379255

Uncontrolled Keywords:

archetypes, collective unconscious, memory, cross-cultural study

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.62656

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/62656

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