chapter  6
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Including Others in the Self: Extensions to Own and Partner's Group Memberships

A theoretical framework that affords productive insights into the cultural dynamics of self-conceptions is how culture and self shape each other in time and space. This chapter presents the preliminary considerations of three issues that are the meaning, representational format, and dynamics of self-conceptions. It presents a connectionist model that is consistent with the assumptions, and reports preliminary simulation results with implications. To simulate a doubly distributed representational system, an architecture called doubly distributed recurrent network (DDRN) is constructed. The network consists of interacting connectionist networks called simple recurrent network (SRN). The SRN is an extension of a standard three-layer feedforward network, which consists of an input layer, a hidden layer, and an output layer, each made up of a set of simple information processing units. It may be possible to extend DDRN to capture some significant complexities of human social interaction.