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ERIC Number: ED415628
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 22
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What Does Quantum Physics Have to Do with Behavior Disorders?
Center, David B.
This paper argues that human agency as a causal factor in behavior must be considered in any model of behavior and behavior disorders. Since human agency is historically tied to the issue of consciousness, to argue that consciousness plays a causal role in behavior requires a plausible explanation of consciousness. This paper proposes that consciousness is an emergent property of a biological process that can be explained in physical terms. The specific process suggested is the Frohlich-style Bose-Einstein condensate, which appears to be capable of producing a macro-quantum effect in a biological system, such as the neurons of the brain. Implications of this theory for the study of human behavior in general and children with behavior disorders in particular include: (1) a necessary change in our epistemology to a philosophy similar to that of scientific realism; (2) the expansion of the concept of causation in behavior to include consciousness as a potential causal agent; and (3) a change in the conceptual framework employed in behavior change efforts to emphasize a cooperative approach rather than a teacher-centered approach. Examples of approaches that could be considered persuasion-based interventions compatible with this model are perceptual control theory, Adlerian psychology, narrative psychology, and rational-emotive problem solving. (Contains 30 references.) (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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