A Comparison of Structuralism, Functionalism, and Behaviorism

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Winifred H. DuBose (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
Web Site: http://www.uncp.edu/academics/library
Kathryn K. Rileigh

Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to define the schools of psychology known as structuralism, functionalism, and behaviorism, and to show similarities and differences among them.As with most things, in time their boundaries expand and tend to overlap or be assimilated into other areas. The systems delineated here are no different. What may have begun as a radical thought for the time was challenged and modified or explained time and again by successive philosophers/psychologists until the schools blended somewhat. The vicissitude has made the study of the systems difficult and has made it necessary to look at the systems from the beginning in order to have demarcation for comparison.Much of the paper will be quotes from persons directly associated with the schools of study or from authorities in the field. It would take years to be familiar enough with the works of the originators of the systems and to understand them well enough to do a completely original comparison. This paper is more an attempt to correlate the information gathered from numerous readings and to put it in the perspective of a comparison.

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Language: English
Date: 1977
Psychology, Structuralism, Functionalism, Behaviorism,

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