Advances in Social Behaviour Research

Advances in Social Behaviour Research

Vol. 2, 01 March 2023

Open Access | Article

The Function of Cognitive Architecture in Individual Development During the Process of Identity Search in Social Media

Yuhan Wang 1
1 School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine, USA

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Citation Yuhan Wang. The Function of Cognitive Architecture in Individual Development During the Process of Identity Search in Social Media. LNEP (2023) Vol. 2: 198-206. DOI: 10.54254/2753-7048/2/2022408.


As social media has penetrated into people’s lives, it is almost inevitable for people to acquire information from social media. Identity construction requires information related to self, and it is a crucial step in one’s psychosocial development. This research delved into identity construction in a social media context via a cognitive architecture perspective. In this paper, analysis of identity construction is based on an identity construction model, including three types of identity construction are proposed. The environment social media has provided to each type of identity construction and the distinct aspects of cognitive architecture behind those identity constructions are identified. Suggestions for individuals on the usage of social media in order to maximize the identity relevant information processing are given based on the identified role cognitive architecture plays in different styles of identity construction.


identity construction, digital age, psychosocial development, human cognitive architecture, social media


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