Change in American Psychology

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Abstract This paper examines the change American psychology and the focus on the function and of mind and behavior. The problem that many philosophers’ theory was there was any tangle fact or scientists research data. Each philosopher’s work has been very instrumental, however, their theory has been the center of debates and criticized. Functionalism and Pragmatism Introduction As a society, it is important to learn and understand the world and ourselves. The extent of progress from great philosophers truly is not fully acknowledge and recognized by the general population. Study of philosophy and sociology focus our past existence, as well as the future. Philosopher’s theories are very complex, with many different views. My focus is to examine the differences. What is Functionalism? Functionalism originated in the United States in philosophy and developed from the philosophy of pragmatism. Functionalism of psychology theories analyze the minds mental state and the behaviors that are produced from the environment. The theory looks at a person’s environment that they live in as the reason for their problems. Functionalism changed from studying the how the mind process internally. Functionalists focused on the process of mind activity thinking and observable behaviors it produce. History Psychology includes scientific study of the human as well as animal’s behaviors, the studies of behaviors, and includes scientific research, and behaviors are from unknown problems that a child experienced in their life. Psychologists work with various behaviors that a person may have ( ). Charles Darwin’s theory of natural selection, he argued that the environment forced inhabitants to have adaptive characteristics; the spec... ... middle of paper ... ...sm (1904), from series of eight lectures dedicated to the memory of John Stuart Mill, A New Name for Some Old Ways of Thinking, in December 1904, from William James, Writings 1902-1920, The Library of America; Lecture II reproduced here; Public Domain: this text is completely free; 4. Blind, C. (n.d.). THE HUXLEY FILE. Retrieved April 26, 2010, from http://aleph0.clarku.edu/huxley/CE9/E-EProl.html 5. BIOGRAPHY, CHRONOLOGY, AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF WILLIAM JAMES. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2010, from http://www.des.emory.edu/mfp/jphotos.html 6. Free will. (n.d.). Retrieved April 26, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_will#Free_Will_As_a_Combination_of_Chance_and_Determination 7. Block, N. (n.d.). Comparing the Major Theories of Consciousness. Retrieved April 26, 2010, from http://www.nyu.edu/gsas/dept/philo/faculty/block/papers/Theories_of_Consciousness.pdf
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