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Personal narratives as the highest level of cognitive integration

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 May 2013

Jacob B. Hirsh
Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 3E6, Canada.
Raymond A. Mar
Department of Psychology, York University, Toronto, ON M3J1P3, Canada.
Jordan B. Peterson
Department of Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5S 3G3, Canada.


We suggest that the hierarchical predictive processing account detailed by Clark can be usefully integrated with narrative psychology by situating personal narratives at the top of an individual's knowledge hierarchy. Narrative representations function as high-level generative models that direct our attention and structure our expectations about unfolding events. Implications for integrating scientific and humanistic views of human experience are discussed.

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