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Chuprikova N.I. Functional system of mentality. Philogenetic sources and personal consciousness

Full text in Russian: Чуприкова Н.И. Функциональная система психики. Филогенетические истоки и сознание человека
Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia

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In article is shortly given theoretical scheme of complete functional system, consisted of several subsystems, of mental reflection and regulation of behavior and activity, offered in the previous author’s publications. Each subsystem provides reflection of certain aspects of the surrounding world, which is necessary for adequate behavior and activity. Analysis of the elementary unicell’s behavior helps to consider, what can be rudimentary forms of these psychological subsystems in fauna’s philogenesis. Person’s consciousness which is the higher form of mentality, associates with the verbally-communicative subsystem’s activity. This subsystem provides reception of data about adequacy of world reflection by other people. Thus the person should have access to own mentality, its maintenance and conditions. It is consciousness in its classical understanding going from R.Descartes and J.Lock. Legitimacy of introspection concept in its classical understanding is discussed as far as possible brain mechanisms of consciousness, introspection and "a light stain of consciousness".

Keywords: mentality, consciousness, functional system of mental reflection and behavior and activity regulation, rudimentary forms of mentality, verbally-communicative subsystem of mentality, introspection, processes of excitation's "repeated input", light stain of consciousness


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Chuprikova Natalia I. Ph.D., Professor, Psychological Institute, Russian Academy of Education, ul. Mokhovaya, str. 4, 125009 Moscow, Russia.
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Chuprikova, N. I. (2009). Functional system of mentality. Philogenetic sources and personal consciousness. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2(4). Retrieved from [in Russian, abstr. in English].

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Chuprikova N.I. Functional system of mentality. Philogenetic sources and personal consciousness [Electronic resource] // Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya. 2009. N 2(4). URL: (date of access: [in Russian, abstr. in English]

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