Sunday, 20 July 2014

A. R. LURIYA ON LINE

Chance discovery of classic from the fifties

I have just stumbled just by chance upon a PDF of a classic double paper by A. R. Luriya, in English, from fifty-five years ago (complete with the traces of rusty staples):


It was all such a different world. Lovely to see those quaint old English transliterations of Russian names again. 

More substantively, it was Aleksandr Luriya who gave birth to the science of neuropsychology. Rewiring-buffs, and those who do not like the concept of 'rewiring the brain', might both seriously like to consider his notion of 'temporary connections'. This could quite raise the level of discussion...

Indeed the concept of temporary connections ought to be at least mentioned whenever the less mediated notion of rewiring is evoked.

His 'directive function of speech', by the way, has frequently been misrendered into English as 'verbal regulation', including in the CE literature.

Reference

Luriya, A. R. (1959) The directive function of speech in development and dissolution. Part I: Development of the directive function of speech in early childhood, Word, vol. 15, no 3, pp. 341-352

Luriya, A. R. (1959) The directive function of speech in development and dissolution. Part II: Dissolution of the regulative function of speech in pathological states of the brain, Word, vol. 15, no 3, pp. 353-364

http://luria.ucsd.edu/Articles-by-Luria/PDFs/Luria_Directive.Funtion.Speech.pdf


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