Cognition, Information Processing, and Psychophysics: Basic Issues

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Hans-Georg Geissler, Stephen W. Link, James T. Townsend
Psychology Press, 1992 - Psychology - 333 pages
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The plan for this volume emerged during the international Leipzig conference commemorating the centenary of the death of Gustav Fechner. The contributors suggested that while many features of modern psychological theory were anticipated by Fechner, many new theoretical approaches owe much more to him than often is realized. As such, they decided to honor Fechner by evaluating his own contribution to the founding of psychology and psychoanalysis, by deepening the foundations of psychological theories of consciousness, perception, and choice, and by using the analysis of time to create a new appreciation of constraints that bind mental processes together.

Thus, this volume spans an extraordinary range of psychological topics, from hermeneutics to the time-quantum basis for mental processes, in a way that would both amaze and delight Fechner. Moreover, the international reach of his pioneering ideas can be seen from the current locations of the contributors. The span from Japan to the United States to Holland to Germany and to Israel provides a global measure of Fechner's scientific legacy.
 

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Contents

Historical Reasons for Rejecting Fechners Inner
10
FREUD AND FECHNER DESIRE AND ENERGY
23
TOWARD A THEORY OF CONSCIOUSNESS
43
TWO PARADIGMS
67
DRAWING INFERENCES FROM
91
Plausibility of Formal Models
98
ON THE PROPER SCALES FOR REACTION TIME
105
EXPERIMENTAL THEMES PERSPECTIVES
121
ELABORATIONS UPON PSYCHOPHYSICAL
207
Models with Additional Cognitive Factors
215
Conclusion
222
Basic Structure of the Transformational Structure Theory
232
Transformational Structure Theory of Goodness
243
General Discussion
253
Conclusion
263
Changing Conceptions of Pain
270

SimilarityBased Models for Choice
129
Summary
138
Experiments on Frame Selection
151
Future Theoretical Directions
165
CONTEXT EFFECTS IN JUDGMENTS
175
Influence of Stereotypes
185
Partial Systems of Reference
194
Empirical Support
276
Conclusions and Corollaries
282
NEW MAGICAL NUMBERS IN MENTAL
293
On some
311
Author Index
323
Subject Index
329
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