Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Mentalistic metatheory and strategies

Donelson E. Dulany a1
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL 61821


Mentalism (Dulany 1991; 1997) provides a metatheoretical alternative to the dominant cognitive view. This commentary briefly outlines its main propositions and what I see as strategies for its use and support at this stage. These propositions represent conscious states as the sole carriers of symbolic representations, and mental episodes as consisting exclusively of conscious states interrelated by nonconscious operations.