Culture of Ambiguity: Implications for Self and Social by Sandra Leanne Bosacki (auth.), Sandra Leanne Bosacki (eds.)

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Researchers need to continue to explore children’s understanding of complex and ambiguous situations within the context of peer relations, especially during early and middle adolescence when the subtleties of language are sometimes used by others to sometimes mask negative and hurtful judgemental statements about others within humour through the use of teasing and irony. Given the linguistic ambiguities of such statements – children who have the competence to understand these double meanings may be more sensitive to such emotionally ambiguous in that they are interpreted as hurtful statements which may possibly may have a negative and damaging influence on their sense of self.

Judgements of meaning rather than lexical decision). , Yuill, 2009), how can researchers apply these findings or help them explore adolescents make sense of ambiguity in their social context within the classroom. In addition, as I explore in the next section, how does this understanding of linguistic ambiguity relate to the understanding of humour in self and others and what does this means for the adolescent? , scale of noblenaughty/intellectual/instinctual, p. , 2005; Filoppova & Astington, 2008; Mills & Keil, 2005; Recchia, Howe, Ross, & Alexander, 2010; Winner, 1988).

VISUAL NEUROSCIENCE RESEARCH AND AMBIGUITY Research in visual neuroscience is also another area of research that is emerging and may help us to make sense of how adolescents interpret and understand ambiguous interactions. A newly developed area of research that stems from perception and neuroscience is that of Neuromagic. This area of inquiry involves research regarding visual illusions and how we interpret ambiguous and incomplete information and leading neuroscientists Macknik and Martinez-Conde (2010; 2011) explore what the neuroscience of magic and enchantment and how they reveal how we make sense of everyday deceptions in the new area of research referred to as neuromagic.

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