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ERIC Number: EJ792092
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2933
They Should Have Thought About the Consequences: The Crisis of Cognitivism and a Second Chance for Behavior Analysis
Overskeid, Geir
Psychological Record, v58 n1 p131-151 Win 2008
Cognitivism has dominated mainstream psychology for decades, but lately its position has been weakened. It has been criticized not only by behavior analysts but also by social and evolutionary psychologists, neuroscientists, and authors who are or used to be cognitivists themselves. At the same time, psychologists and neuroscientists in several fields are now rediscovering the necessity of understanding behavior in light of its functional relations. Hence a need for relevant knowledge is felt. Cognitive psychology has little to offer in this regard. Behavior analysis, on the other hand, possesses a wealth of relevant facts and theory. Though chances seem slight that mainstream psychology will return to behaviorism, a window of opportunity now exists for the reintegration of behavior-analytic research into the mainstream.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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