[xmca] Double Stimulation Tasks

From: David Kellogg (vaughndogblack@yahoo.com)
Date: Tue Mar 06 2007 - 15:15:56 PST

  I have a similar question. I''ve always understood "the method of double stimulation" as a way of sneaking the concept of mediation in by a behaviorist back door. Like handkerchief-tying, quipus, putting your ring upside down, writing notes to yourself, using cards on the forbidden colors task, or even making up mnemonics to do the task where you have to match two unlikely concepts ("camel" and "death" or "bread" and sleigh"). It even sounds a little like a "second signal system". Of course, it isn't a behaviorist concept at all, because the phenomenon it is supposed to explain is not even recognized by behaviorists, viz. internalization or interiorization.
  But now I'm faced with a similar problem from the other end (that is, the interior side). Frawley, in his book "Vygotsky and the Computational Mind" claims that the "Tower of Hanoi" problem is an example where an external mediator mediates the task without representing it (in other words, there is no resultant internalization). If that's the case, then it seems to me it is NOT an example of mediation. Is he barking up the wrong tower, or am I?
  David Kellogg
  Seoul National University of Education

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