Psychomythics: Sources of Artifacts and Misconceptions in Scientific Psychology

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Taylor & Francis, May 13, 2003 - Psychology - 1096 pages
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Psychology deals with the most complex subject matter of any science. As such, it is subject to misunderstandings, artifacts, and just simple errors of data, logic, and interpretation. This book teases out the details of some of the sources of these errors. It considers errors in psychological data and theories that arise from confusing endogenous and exogenous causal forces in perceptual research, misinterpreting the effects of inevitable natural laws as psychological phenomena, improper application of statistics and measurement, and flawed assumptions. Examples of each of these sources of error are presented and discussed. Finally, the book concludes that a return to a revitalized kind of behaviorism is preferred, rather than continuing on the current cognitive path.

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William R. Uttal is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Michigan and Professor Emeritus of Engineering at Arizona State University. He is the author of "The New Phrenology: The Limits of Localizing Cognitive Processes in the Brain" (MIT Press, 2001), "Distributed Neural Systems: Beyond the New Phrenology", and "Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Neuroscience"(MIT Press, 2011)

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