Cognitive Polyphasia: Introductory article

  • Claudine Provencher London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Arthi _ University of Cambridge
  • Wolfgang Wagner Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria


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Author Biographies

Claudine Provencher, London School of Economics and Political Science

CLAUDINE PROVENCHER is an academic developer with the LSE Teaching and Learning Centre and a part-time lecturer in Social Psychology, also at the LSE. In her PhD thesis, she examined the hypothesis of cognitive polyphasia in the context of the controversy that surrounded the MMR vaccine in the UK between 1998 and 2005. A key finding was the identification of a number of exemplars characteristic of different ways of sense making and of different ways of engaging into cognitive polyphasia. Since then, her research has moved on to the study of ageing and the role of identity in teaching and learning at university level.

Arthi _, University of Cambridge

ARTHI completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her thesis examined representations of mental illness within the Tamil community in Singapore using a mixed-method research design. Her findings suggest that representations were structured around the notion of control and controllability. She also argues that there exist different cognitive polyphasias with identity playing a key role. Arthi's other interests are in suicide and prejudice.

Wolfgang Wagner, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

WOLFGANG WAGNER is Professor of Social and Economic Psychology at Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria. His interests are in theoretical and empirical work on societal psychology, social and cultural knowledge, popularisation of science, racism, and social representation theory. He published the book "Everyday Discourse and Common Sense" together with Nicky Hayes and is co-editor of Culture & Psychology, Public Understanding of Science, and Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.