Contextualism and Understanding in Behavioral Science: Implications for Research and Theory

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Ralph L. Rosnow, Marianthi Georgoudi
Praeger, 1986 - Psychology - 379 pages

This book introduces contextualism, an emerging paradigm that has generated much interest and excitement in psychology, sociology, communications research, and other areas of behavioral science. Unlike behaviorism which tries to predict behavior based on a specific set of variables, contextualism asserts that human beings react and learn in a variety of situations and there is no single best kind of behavior. They challenge the man as machine view of behavior.

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Professor Ralph L. Rosnow is Thaddeus Bolton Professor Emeritus at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA, where he taught in the Psychology Department for thirty-four years and directed the doctoral program in social and organizational psychology. He also has taught research methods and social psychology at Boston University and Harvard University, and was a visiting professor at the London School of Economics. He received a B.Sc. from the University of Maryland, an M.A. from George Washington University, and a Ph.D. in psychology from American University in Washington, D.C. He has served on editorial boards of journals and encyclopedias and (with Robert E. Lana) was the general editor of Oxford University Press's RECONSTRUCTION OF SOCIETY series. He has been a fellow of AAAS and APA since 1970 and a charter fellow of APS since 1988. He and his wife, Mimi Rosnow, reside in Radnor, PA.

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