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Student
Title
Supervisor
Faculty
Educational Programme
Final Grade
Year of Graduation
Bogdan Medvedev
The Dynamics of "Self" in the Process of Sensory Deprivation
Psychology
(Bachelor’s programme)
9
2016
In this work we study the phenomenon of ‘Self’ in order to deepen the understanding of its nature and functions. The theoretical framework provides an overview of basic theoretical concepts including the idea of ‘Self’. Two main types of solutions the problem of determining the nature and functions of the "Self" stands on its basis. The first type is the approval of substantiality of the ‘Self’. In this case it is the source of the individual activity. The second is the assumption that the ‘Self’ does not have its own nature and serves to regulate activity.

Assuming that such a division exists nowadays, the authors conclude that the problem of the final solution to this issue lies in the lack of empirical studies of the ‘Self’.

The authors formulate the following definition of the "Self" based on the theoretical analysis – it is the symbolic structure, which includes a model of the individual interacting with the world, and mediates its activity.

To test the predictive power of this definition, the authors have developed an experimental method of partial sensory deprivation. The authors check the following assumption based on this method that the reduction of the flow of incentives from the situation will lead to a breach of the regulatory function of the ‘Self’. According to the results of empirical research, the authors confirm their loyalty to the assumptions and, therefore, claim the predictive power of the extended definition of them.

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