The Value and Meaning: The Dynamics of Their Interchanges During the Reading of the Text



An experimental approach to the problem of interaction between meaning and value, earlier denoted by L. S. Vygotsky, is presented. The features of micro-dynamics of two types of reading (popular scientific and fiction) of fragmented texts were studied with varying the number of words within a single exposition. After reading all the fragments the participants were asked to retell the contents of the text as close to the original as possible; in addition, they were tested for recognition of words from the text. The results support the hypothesis that the large values of time of reading the fragment, occasionally met in the relatively fast dynamic profile were associated with the process of sense generation that goes hand in hand with the perception of the meaning of the separate words. The factors affecting the parameters of the dynamic profile of reading and quality of the text reproduction were identified using analysis of variance.

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Keywords: perception, reading, meaning, generation of sense, reproduction, understanding

Journal rubric: Empirical Research

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Meshcheryakov B.G., Nazarov A.I., Grishchenko D.N. The Value and Meaning: The Dynamics of Their Interchanges During the Reading of the Text. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2010. Vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 6–17. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Boris G. Meshcheryakov, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Department of Psychology, FSGN, State University “Dubna”, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the International Scientific Journal "Cultural-Historical Psychology", Dubna, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Anatoly I. Nazarov, PhD in Psychology, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, FSGN, State University “Dubna”, Dubna, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Dmitry N. Grishchenko, Ph.D. Student, Psychology Department, International University of Nature, Society and Man «Dubna», Dubna, Russia, e-mail:



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