From Central Core Theory to Matrix Nucleus Theory

  • Pascal Moliner Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III
Keywords: central core theory, structural approach, matrix nucleus


The strong consensus generated by core elements of a representation and their meaning making

function in the theory of core nucleus raise many questions. Answering those questions reveals

some contradictions within the theory. These contradictions can be overcome by appealing to

“matrix nucleus theory”.

Author Biography

Pascal Moliner, Université Paul Valéry – Montpellier III

PASCAL MOLINER is professor of Social Psychology at the University Paul Valéry

(Montpellier III). He is member of the Epsylon research team of the University of Montpellier.

Their works contributed significantly to the devlopment of the structural approach of social

representations. He has published several journal articles, book and chapter in this field of

research. He has recently published with C. Guimelli a book entitled "Les représentations

sociales" (Presses Universitaires de Grenoble, 2015).