The correlation between a Hullian constant and intelligence

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Guy Eckman (Creator)
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Kendon Smith

Abstract: In his Principles of Behavior. Hull ( 1943 ) discusses the nature of theories, particularly of his own mathematico-deductive theory of learning. A theory, to Hull, means, "A systematic deductive derivation of the secondary principles of observable phenomena from a relatively small number of primary principles or postulates" ( Hull, 1943, p. 2 ). Empirical observation and theory-building are seen as going hand and hand. One takes a few fundamental postulates, based either on general empirical findings or on indirect verification, and tests their validity with further empirical observation. More specifically, Hull himself postulates certain intervening variables (unobservable entities) which are to account for observable behavior. These variables are linked either logically or mathematically both to observable antecedent conditions and to observable responses. From these relationships are deduced theorems and corollaries, from which testable predictions are made.

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Language: English
Date: 1966

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