The New Behaviorism: Mind, Mechanism, and Society

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Psychology Press, 2001 - 211 pages
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John Staddon's work begins with a brief history of behaviourism and goes on to explain and criticize radical behaviourism, its philosophy and its applications to social issues. The author argues that parsimony, the elementary philosophical distinction between private and public events, even biology, evolution and animal psychology - all are ignored by much contemporary cognitive psychology. The New Behaviourism attempts to redress the balance.
 

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Contents

The Origins of Behaviorism
1
Radical Behaviorism I Experimental Foundations
25
Radical Behaviorism II Animal Models
53
The Philosophy of Radical Behaviorism
77
Radical Behaviorism and Society
99
Mind and Mechanism The New Behaviorism
125
Internal States
147
Consciousness and Theoretical Behaviorism
159
Alchemy of the Mind
179
Skinner on Scientific Method
183
References
189
Author Index
199
Subject Index
203
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J. E. R. Staddon is James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Professor of Biology and Neurobiology Emeritus at Duke University. He has written and lectured on public policy issues such as education, evolution, traffic control and the effects of sociobiological aspects of the financial system, and is the author of over 200 research papers and five books, including The New Behaviorism (2014), Unlucky Strike (2013), The Malign Hand of the Markets (2012) and Adaptive Dynamics: The Theoretical Analysis of Behavior (2001).

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