Book ID: CBB421940112

Purpose and Cognition: Edward Tolman and the Transformation of American Psychology (2018)


Carroll, David (Author)

Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2018
Physical Details: 282
Language: English

This book discusses the development of Edward Tolman's purposive behaviourism from the 1920s to the 1950s, highlighting the tension between his references to cognitive processes and the dominant behaviourist trends. It shows how Tolman incorporated concepts from European scholars, including Egon Brunswik and the Gestalt psychologists, to justify a more purposive form of behaviourism and how the theory evolved in response to the criticisms of his contemporaries. The manuscript also discusses Tolman's political activities, culminating in his role in the California loyalty oath controversy in the 1950s. Tolman was involved in a number of progressive causes during his lifetime, activities that drew the attention of both state legislators in California and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. It treats Tolman's theoretical and political activities as emanating from the same source, a desire to understand the learning process in a scientific manner and to apply these concepts to improve the human condition.

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Authors & Contributors
Jerome, Fred
Robinson, Walter V.
Lipton, Beryl C. D.
Brown, J. Patrick
Neto, Marcus Bentes de Carvalho
Saraiva, Fernando Tavares
Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences
VIET: Voprosy Istorii Estestvoznaniia i Tekhniki
Science and Society
Journal of the History of Biology
Isis: International Review Devoted to the History of Science and Its Cultural Influences
History of the Human Sciences
Baraka Books
The MIT Press
St. Martin's Press
Peter Lang
Pennsylvania State University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Science and politics
Scientific communities; interprofessional relations
Funding and finance
Einstein, Albert
Kalašnikov, Mihail Timofeevič
Leary, Timothy
Rosenfeld, Arthur H.
Hockett, Charles Francis (1916-2000)
Craven, John P.
Time Periods
20th century
20th century, early
20th century, late
19th century
21st century
18th century
United States
Soviet Union
Great Britain
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
University of California, Berkeley
Ford Foundation
Radio Corporation of America

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