Contemporary Theories and Systems in Psychology by Benjamin B. Wolman

By Benjamin B. Wolman

Twenty years is many years within the lifetime of a technological know-how. whereas the ancient roots of psychology haven't replaced because the first variation of this booklet, many of the offshoots of many of the theories and platforms mentioned were crit­ ically reexamined and feature gone through far-reaching changes. New and impressive study has ended in a broadening of views, and up to date devel­ opments in numerous parts required a large amount of rewriting. i've been lucky within the final fifteen years to have labored with approximately 2,000 psychologists and different behavioral scientists who contributed to numerous gathered volumes i've got edited. because the editor-in-chief of the In­ ternational Encyclopedia of Psychiatry, Psychology, Psychoanalysis and Neurol­ ogy, i've got had the privilege of studying, scrutinizing, and modifying the paintings of 1,500 specialists in psychology and similar disciplines. moreover, i've got written a number of books and monographs and over 100 clinical papers. Armed with all that have, i've got conscientiously tested the pages of the 1st version. bankruptcy eight required tremendous rewriting and a number of other new sections were extra to different chapters: "Current Soviet Psychol­ ogy" (Chapter 2, part 7); "New principles on Purposivism" (Chapter five, Sec­ tion 4); "Recent advancements within the Sociological university of Psychoanalysis" (Chapter nine, part 4); and "Present prestige of Gestalt Psychology" (Chapter 12, part 4). bankruptcy 15 used to be passed over, and new chapters have been additional: bankruptcy 14 ("Humanistic Psychology") and bankruptcy sixteen ("Selected study Areas").

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31 Robinson's associationism is not associationism in the traditional connotation of this term. For a functionalist, the functions of motivation, adaptation to the environment, and motor activities are the main vehicles of human behavior, but associations are the main method by which the human mind learns and adapts. Robert Sessions Woodworth: Dynamic Psychology A. A. " Roback remarks that although Dewey used the word "dynamic" as early as 1884, this term was not much in use in 1908. " If "dynamic" is related to change and interprets the causal factors in change, functionalism is undoubtedly a theory of dynamics.

I, p. 227. 33 THE GREAT BEGINNINGS Learning Years ahead of Pavlov and Watson, Thorndike developed a theory of behavior based upon studies of learning. He considered learning a trialand-error process, and later he called it a selecting and connecting process. -One of Thorndike's best-known experiments was with a cat confined in a puzzle box. The cat was hungry, and food was outside. The box or cage was closed, and a concealed mechanism operated by a latch could open the door. The hungry cat bit, clawed, jumped, pushed, and dashed till the door opened.

The connections formed between situation and response are represented by connections between neurones and neurones whereby the disturbance, or neural current, arising in the former is conducted to the latter across the synapses. The strength or weakness of the connection means the greater or less likelihood that the same current will be conducted from the former to the latter rather than to some other place. "37 Thorndike's multivolumed work was based on the assumption that the connections between nerves determine the flow of neural current, which controls all psychological functions.

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