Discovering Psychology: The Science of Mind by John Cacioppo, Laura Freberg

By John Cacioppo, Laura Freberg

During this clean new delivering to the Intro Psychology path, authors John Cacioppo and Laura Freberg painting psychology as being an integrative technology in methods. First, they've got written a textual content that displays psychology's rightful position as a hub technological know-how that attracts from and is mentioned via learn in lots of different fields. moment, this article provides psychology as a unified technological know-how that seeks an entire figuring out of the human brain, instead of as a loosely equipped set of independent subspecialties. As psychology strikes quickly towards adulthood as an integrative, multidisciplinary box, the introductory path deals a chance to educate all of psychology in a single position and at one time. this article displays that evolution--and the authors' pleasure approximately it.

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Skinner shared Watson’s belief that psychology did not benefit from any consideration of consciousness or internal mental states. Skinner believed that inner, private states such as thinking and feeling existed, but he viewed them as behaviors that followed the same rules as public behaviors, like driving a car (Jensen & Burgess, 1997). He not only reduced his study of behavior to the actions of rats and pigeons in adapted cages that came to be known as Skinner boxes, but he was very comfortable generalizing from the behavior of rats and pigeons to complex human behaviors.

Skinner shared Watson’s belief that psychology did not benefit from any consideration of consciousness or internal mental states. Skinner believed that inner, private states such as thinking and feeling existed, but he viewed them as behaviors that followed the same rules as public behaviors, like driving a car (Jensen & Burgess, 1997). He not only reduced his study of behavior to the actions of rats and pigeons in adapted cages that came to be known as Skinner boxes, but he was very comfortable generalizing from the behavior of rats and pigeons to complex human behaviors.

4. It is the same in both the top and bottom rows, yet in the context of the first row, most people would interpret the image as the letter B. In the context of the bottom row, however, the image looks like the number 13. The structuralists would have a difficult time explaining why the same visual building blocks could lead to such different conclusions. While largely known for their work in perception, the Gestalt psychologists also had wide-ranging interests in learning, memory, motivation, and group dynamics.

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