A Theoretical Basis of Human Behavior: By Albert Paul Weiss ...

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R. G. Adams & Company, 1925 - Behaviorism (Psychology) - 428 pages
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"In this book I have tried to be of service to three classes of readers: (1) The psychologists, social theorists, philosophers, and biologists, for whom behaviorism is of systematic interest; (2) The various investigators in the medical group for whom behaviorism is of practical interest; (3) That larger group of writers, educators, and statesmen, for whom behaviorism is of general interest"--Preface. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2010 APA, all rights reserved).
 

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Page vii - To these it seems as if the behaviorists ignore consciousness because it is too difficult, or because it is a phase in the study of human behavior with which they do not wish to be bothered. Of course, no such inference is warranted. Behaviorism claims to render a more complete and a more scientific account of the totality of human achievement without the conception of consciousness, than traditional psychology is able to render with it.
Page 133 - From the standpoint of the writer, behaviorism is the science that studies the origin and development of those bodily movements (responses) of the individual which establish his status in the social organization of which he is a member. The three parts of the problem are: (1) the stimulating conditions, (2) the sensory-cerebro-motor conditions, (3) the behavior conditions, as measured by both the biophysical and biosocial responses. The Stimulating Conditions. — These may be as simple as that of...
Page 50 - The formulation of the behavioristic position is then expressed 49 in the statement that all human conduct and achievement reduces to nothing but: (a) different kinds of electron-proton groupings characterized according to symmetry or geometrical structure; (b) the motions that occur when one structural or dynamic form changes into another.
Page 45 - elan vital," "psychical force," but when we are faced with the problem of adopting a fundamental assumption toward which the analysis of human behavior might regress, the physicist's electron-proton ultimate reality has the advantage, (1) that it can be stated in the most effective language responses (mathematics) that have been developed, and (2) that it can be synthesized into atoms, molecules, protoplasm, animals, man, social organization. On the other hand, the ultimate realities of the professional...
Page vii - Behaviorism claims to render a more complete and a more scientific account of the totality of human achievement without the conception of consciousness, than traditional psychology is able to render with it. The factors which traditional psychology vaguely classifies as conscious or mental elements merely vanish without a remainder into the biological and social components of the behavioristic analysis.
Page 293 - As a behavior category generalization is a type of sensori-motor mechanism in which many different receptor patterns representative of many different sensory situations and relations, are connected to the same language response and through this common path the individual may react in a specific manner to all the objects, situations, and relations thus connected, even though there is very little sensory similarity between them.
Page 127 - Neurologically the word happiness indicates the extent to which the innate and acquired components of sensori-motor function approach an optimum relationship between the antagonistic processes of individualization and socialization so that the movements of the individual are contributing directly or indirectly to larger or more complex electron-proton aggregates or larger and more complex social organization.
Page 249 - The only way to control behavior is through the biosocial stimulating conditions which precede the formation of given groups of activities. The big problem at present is to find out what these biosocial conditions are; preceding even this is the problem of actually defining and classifying the behavior categories. Consciousness as a non-physical, spontaneous, selfinitiating form of energy does not exist. Consciousness as an implicit form of behavior or as an obscure physico-chemical process is best...
Page 201 - man' an object, 'speaks' an action in China as everywhere else, but the fact that these experiences belong to these different spheres is not expressed in the Chinese sentence
Page 240 - But men of science have tried, on the other hand, to describe the world as it is in man's experience, as it appears with man left in ; and the result of this endeavor is psychology

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