REU|2015 video recap and interviews
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Is the case against behaviorism definitive? Decisive? Paul Meehl noteddecades ago that theories in psychology seem to disappear not underthe force of decisive refutation but rather because researchers loseinterest in their theoretical orientations (Meehl 1978). Oneimplication of Meehl's thesis is that a once popular“Ism”, not having been decisively refuted, may restoresome of its former prominence if it mutates or transforms itself so asto incorporate responses to criticisms. What may this mean forbehaviorism? It may mean that some version of the doctrine mightrebound.
Andragogy, Humanism, Cognitivism, Behaviourism. | …
The problem to which Chomsky refers, which is the problem ofbehavioral competence and thus performance outstripping individuallearning histories, goes beyond merely the issue of linguisticbehavior in young children. It appears to be a fundamental fact abouthuman beings that our behavior and behavioral capacities often surpassthe limitations of individual reinforcement histories. Our historyof reinforcement is often too impoverished to determine uniquely whatwe do or how we do it. Much learning, therefore, seems to requirepre-existing or innate representational structures or principledconstraints within which learning occurs. (See also Brewer 1974, butcompare with Bates et al. 1998 and Cowie 1998).