By Sigmund Koch, David E. Leary
This reissued version (originally released by means of McGraw-Hill in 1985) of "A Century of Psychology as technology" 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 members' particular disciplines, but communicate to the wider thematic factor of "fundamental psychology". one of the fields addressed are sensory procedures and notion, studying, motivation, emotion, cognition, improvement, character and social psychology. This paintings reports psychology's first century and goals to supply a clean perception on psychology because it enters its moment century.
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An exceedingly strong reluctance to reinspect one’s deeper epistemological and/or substantive commitments. This, in effect, is the theory of truth by individual consistency over time. Ergo-a remarkable and telling disproportion between the attention given to 77 I . THE SYSTEMATIC FRAMEWORK O F PSYCHOLOGY the foundation commitments of one’s work and that given to superficial or pedantic details of implemental character. O n e dwells happily within the “superstructure,” however shoddy or wormeaten the “substructure.
But beyond this important scientific point is the more important conceptual one by which the very term genetic behaviorism becomes something of an oxymoron. T h e same is true of all “liberalized S-R models” which, over the past few decades, have increasingly taken recourse to notions of cognitive mediation (Tolman, 1948; Kendler, 1964) not to mention still others which leave room for the possibility of “self-determination” through some sort of “reciprocal interaction” between the organism and the environment (Bandura, 1977).
T h e dictatorial director ultimately produces something 71 I . THE SYSTEMATIC FRAMEWORK OF PSYCHOLOGY closer to an image of himself than to the drama as it is actually conceived. But the stubbornly independent actor, too, presents something no less stereotyped, for all his antics. It is this actor who seems to characterize much of psychology in recent decades; a psychology that trots out the same data, the same “paradigms,” the same slogans in attempting to account for conduct running the gamut from the bar-press to continental invasions.