Contemporary Scientific Psychology

Contemporary Scientific Psychology

1st Edition - January 1, 1970

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  • Editor: Albert R. Gilgen
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266183

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Contemporary Scientific Psychology is a compendium of papers dealing with the scientific method in action in psychology. The first two papers introduce the paradigm, progress, and problems found in scientific psychology, as well as the observation, discovery, and confirmation used in theory building (including fallacies pertaining to theory construction). Other papers deal with research areas such as the neurobehavioral foundations of the biology of mind. This research area includes the mechanism-specific approaches in behavior genetics, particularly the genetic effect as such effect is considered dependent on the mechanisms altered by the environment or the genetic equivalent of a stimuli. Another paper discusses comparative psychology in studies involving animal behavior, while another author tackles the significant trends in the field of developmental psychology, especially as this relates to the early learning processes of humans. This book can be helpful for students and teachers in courses related to experimental psychology, psychological theories, philosophy of science, and other academicians and professionals who are interested in general psychology.

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors



    Part I. Scientific Psychology

    Introduction: Progress, a Paradigm, and Problems in Scientific Psychology

    I. Does Conditioning Research Constitute a Paradigm for Psychology?

    II. Characteristics and Needs of the Research Areas

    III. Guideline Topics


    Observation, Discovery, Confirmation, and Theory Building

    I. Observation

    II. Discovery and Confirmation

    III. Theory Building

    IV. The Bandwagon Effect

    V. Common Fallacies concerning Theory Construction

    VI. Current Study of Psychology


    Part II. The Research Areas

    The Biology of Mind: Neurobehavνoral Foundations

    I. What Psychology Can Be About

    II. Minding Brain Facts

    III. The Experimental Analysis of Mind

    IV. A Difference That Makes a Difference

    V. Of Interdisciplinary Endeavors

    VI. The Language of the Brain

    VII. The Emergence of a Biological Rationalism


    Philosophy and Methods in Behavior Genetics: Its Relation to Biology

    I. The Extent of Individual Differences

    II. The Search for Genotypes

    III. Mechanism-Specific Approaches in Behavior Genetics

    IV. Adaptive Qualities of Behavior

    V. Conclusion


    Comparative Psychology

    I. Animal Behavior

    II. General-Experimental Psychology

    IIΙ. Comparative Method

    IV. Conclusions


    Developmental Psychology

    I. Development of Professional Interests

    II. A New Direction for Child Psychology

    III. Research on Neonates and Older Infants

    IV. Promising Recent Research Developments

    V. Concluding Remarks


    A Learning-Behavior Theory: A Basis for Unity in Behavioral-Social Science

    I. Personal Influences and Development

    II. Critical Overview of the Field of Learning

    III. Programmatic Outline of a Learning-Behavior Theory


    Toward a Cognitive Theory of Perceptual Constancy

    I. Autobiographical Remarks

    II. The Topic of Perception

    III. Theories of Perception

    IV. The Perceptual Constancies

    V. Theories and Research on the Constancies


    Theoretical and Research Approaches in Experimental Social Psychology

    I. Influences of the Questions Asked

    II. Conclusion


    Author Index

    Subject Index

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  • No. of pages: 342
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1970
  • Published: January 1, 1970
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483266183

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Albert R. Gilgen

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