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Psychology : the hope of a science

Author: Gregory A Kimble
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1996.
Series: Bradford book.
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At a time in the history of psychology when many psychologists are troubled by the splintered condition of the field, Gregory Kimble proposes that the diverse perspectives in psychology share ways of thinking that can bring coherence to the discipline. Drawing on years of extensive research and scholarship, Kimble presents evidence for this potential unity. He portrays psychology as a natural science with relevance  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Kimble, Gregory A.
Psychology.
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1996
(DLC) 95021458
(OCoLC)32779036
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gregory A Kimble
ISBN: 0585021317 9780585021317
OCLC Number: 42328838
Notes: "A Bradford book."
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 153 pages) : illustrations
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Contents: 1. Psychology as a natural science --
2. Subjective concepts in a world of facts --
3. The structure of the science --
4. Two forms of adjustment --
5. Opponent-process theory --
6. Thresholds for responding --
7. Organized and disorganized behavior --
8. Epilogue : to give psychology away.
Series Title: Bradford book.
Responsibility: Gregory A. Kimble.

Abstract:

At a time in the history of psychology when many psychologists are troubled by the splintered condition of the field, Gregory Kimble proposes that the diverse perspectives in psychology share ways of thinking that can bring coherence to the discipline. Drawing on years of extensive research and scholarship, Kimble presents evidence for this potential unity. He portrays psychology as a natural science with relevance to human life and offers a set of axioms that hold the field together. Psychology is a two-part exploration of the concept of psychology as the science of behavior. The first part describes the traditional commitments of the scientific method and spells out the implications of those commitments for psychology. The second part develops a general theory within a framework that can be called functional behaviorism, which combines the imperative that a science of psychology must be about observable realities with the view that human behavior is the result of evolution. Kimble's proposals are of general significance and have stood the test of time: they were reasonably explicit in the writings of the giants in the history of psychology, and they apply in contexts that range from behavioral neurology to social action.

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