This book introduces psychosemiotics, the study of how we learn, understand, and use the signs of culture. In describing seven signways through which we come to know our worlds, Howard A. Smith applies insights from multiple intelligences theory, evolutionary psychology, and the semiotics of Charles Sanders Peirce. This book also provides implications for educational practice and suggestions for ongoing inquiry in psychosemiotics.
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To showcase the explanatory power of the resultant psychosemiotics, an outline on comics’ central sign type, the cartoon, is presented. Immediately subsuming any cognitive relation as a sign reference, the Peircean view is able to explain any act of semiosis in theory, and thus unable to explain preferences and omissions in practice. To include these phenomena, we may combine semiotics and Psychosomatic | Definition of Psychosomatic by …