History Of Psychology : A Cultural Perspective Essay

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Cherie O’Boyle’s book, History of Psychology: A Cultural Perspective, has offered many interesting insights in to the field of psychology. The subfield of the discipline that sparks my curiosity the most has been Behaviorism. We were tasked as a class to interview Psychologist that worked in a field we may be interested in, and I chose to interview Dr. Robert Herdegen. Dr. Herdegen is a professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Va. He specializes in general experimental psychology, with a focus on the basic processes of learning and motivation. In his interview he stated that he has been most influenced by the works and teachings of Martin Seligman, whose research resembles the methodology of neobehaviorist. Neobehaviorism arose after a radical behaviorism movement led by John B. Watson, who happens to be one of the founders of behaviorism. The significance of Watson’s behaviorism was that it rejected Edward Titchner’s introspection. Watson led the argument that in order for psychology to be a natural science and provide real explanations, it has to be the study of behavior, which is publicly observable (O’Boyle, 220). Watson’s behaviorism became one of the paradigms of the 20th century and influenced nearly all domains of psychology. He helped create the foundation that behaviorism is built upon and the shaping of this field overtime has changed the way we think about and study behavior.
Behaviorist believed that the mind was unobservable and consequently could not…

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