By Sigmund Koch, David E. Leary
This reissued variation (originally released via McGraw-Hill in 1985) of "A Century of Psychology as technological know-how" assesses the accomplishments, prestige and customers of psychology on the finish of its first century as a technological know-how, whereas delivering a brand new postscript. The essays replicate the forty three individuals' particular disciplines, but converse to the wider thematic factor of "fundamental psychology". one of the fields addressed are sensory strategies and conception, studying, motivation, emotion, cognition, improvement, character and social psychology. This paintings stories psychology's first century and goals to supply a clean perception on psychology because it enters its moment century.
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I propose to do this in artless and nontechnical terms that address humanity's predicament on this planet. I do not project anything so grandiose indeed, in my belief, insane-as the determination of the range of the knowable. Rather, I am groping toward certain constraints inherent in the human situation which would have to condition the form and texture of any knowledge that reflex ively bears on human beings as subjects. Perhaps my groping stems more from hesitation or embarrassment than from the difficulty of discerning answers.
Is something intermediate between theology and science. Like theology, it consists of speculations on matters as to which definite knowledge has, so far, been unascertainable; but like science, it appeals to human reason rather than to authority . . Almost all the questions of most interest to speculative minds are such as science cannot answer, and the confident answers of theologians no longer seem so convincing as they did in former centuries. Is the world divided into mind and matter, and, if so, what is mind and what is matter?
G. , rate of responding). It is not clear that such allegiance could survive any serious attempt to refine behaviorism along the lines of modern genetics. The first but by no means the major casualty of such an attempt would be the habit of resting conclusions on the behavior of one organism. Note that, from the modern biogenetic perspective, it is not possible to assign any behavior emitted by a single organism either to the category of "learned" or that of "inherited. " To adopt the genetic point of view is, ipso facto, to commit oneself to the study of groups of organisms within which estimations of gene frequencies are possible.