Vygotsky and beyond: horizons for the future of psychology Articles uri icon

publication date

  • January 2017

start page

  • 63

end page

  • 114

issue

  • 1

volume

  • 38

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 0210-9395

electronic international standard serial number (EISSN)

  • 1579-3699

abstract

  • In this article some usually overlooked aspects of Vygotsky's work are presented. First, the understanding of the mediation system as a trans-organic, extended branch of the psychological system. Second, the semantic nature of conscience and the systemic neuropsychological organization of higher functions. Third, the leading role played in the psychic system by directive functions. Fourth, the understanding of human evolution as open and permanently provisional. Last, a reference is made to the role of psychology in the process of human auto-evolution, which Vygotsky viewed as a mission.

keywords

  • higher psychological functions; functional system; extra-cerebral connections; chrono-genetic development; neurogenesis; external brain; directive functions; dramatic organization of consciousness; auto-evolution; neurogenesis; technology