ERIC Number: ED246362
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Convergence of Kuhn and Cognitive Psychology.
Gibson, Bradley S.
Psychology stands in the paradoxical position of adhering to outmoded conceptions of knowledge while being looked upon as providing an instrument for a more adequate conception. Cognitive psychology's schema theory provides a conceptual equivalent to Kuhn's learned perception of similarity and the related notion of exemplar, which serves to exemplify adequate conceptions of knowledge within the philosophy of science. Both cognitive psychology and Kuhn's philosophy of science share similar conceptions of cognitive organization. Specifically, schema theory's empirical offspring provide a validation mechanism for Kuhn's notion that members of a scientific community solve problems with which they are confronted by learning, through socialization, to see them as problem categories or schemata. This convergence of the philosophy of science with cognitive psychology instantiates the epistemological trend toward understanding the limitations and validity of scientific evidence through an understanding of the limitations and validity of the scientist. (Author/BL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Cognitive Psychology; Kuhn (Thomas S)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association (Las Vegas, NV, April 25-28, 1984).