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The Mind, Culture, and Activity Homepage is an interactive forum for a community of interdisciplinary scholars who share an interest in the study of human mind in its cultural and historical contexts. Our emphasis is research that seeks to resolve methodological problems associated with the analysis of human and theoretical approaches that place culture and activity at the center of attempts to understand human nature. Our participants come from a variety of disciplines, including anthropology, cognitive science, education, linguistics, psychology and sociology.
Central to the organization of activities in the community is the Laboratory of Comparative Human Cognition at the University of California, San Diego. LCHC publishes the Mind, Culture, and Activity journal (MCA) and sponsors XMCA, an e-mail discussion group.
This homepage seeks to integrate a variety of activities in the community into one on-line resource. On this page you will find links to current and past issues of MCA, on-line discussions from the XMCA mailing list, personal profiles of our participants, and links to other related Web sites. We invite all people interested in any aspect of our activities and research to contribute to a common dialogue among e-mail discussants, journal subscribers, and interested researchers.
2010: Towsey, P., Kellogg, D., & Cole, M.
The Symposium on Vygotsky's Concepts: Part One (PDF)
This document was created from a video presentation that we put together for posting on the CHAT Vimeo site. The purpose of creating this text version is to provide people with a transcript of the speakers' arguments from the video to facilitate citations.
January 1st, 2008: David Kellogg et al. on development
David Kellogg and in colleagues in S. Korea have sent us a very interesting video response to an ealier discussion by Cole, Subbotsky, Hakkarainen, and Engestrom on development in CHAT. The movies are digitzed in nine parts (Quicktime Movies): Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9
In addition, David Kellogg has provided us with some of the PowerPoints and Word Documents that accompanied these wonderful discussions above. Download these presentations and notes to further engage in our discussion!
Kim Yongho's PowerPoint
Cho Hyosun's PowerPoint
Song Seonmi's Word Document
Shin Jieun's PowerPoint
David's Contribution Summary
November 5th, 2007: Development
A discussion between LCHC in San Diego and the Center for Activity Research in Helsinki is available for viewing online. In addition, there are the powerpoint files used by the various presenters (Mike Cole, Pentti Hakarainnen, and Yrjo Engestrom). These discussions should be followed up on the XMCA mailing-list.
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