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Complex Human Behavior


reviewed by Joel R. Davitz 1965

coverTitle: Complex Human Behavior
Author(s): A. W. Staats, Carolyn K. Staats
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Arthur and Carolyn Staats have made a courageous and in some respects brilliant attempt to extend learning principles to a variety of complex psychological phenomena. Relying primarily on a Skinnerian interpretation of learning, the book begins with a short and generally excellent account of fundamental concepts of learning, followed by a discussion of the development and functions of language interpreted on the basis of current behavior theory. In these sections, there is a close interweaving of conceptual issues and research findings, with clear and detailed treatment of difficult problems involved, for example, in the development of mathematical language sequences and the acquisition of linguistic meaning. Having established a psychological vocabulary based on a Skinnerian view of learning and on a behavioristic analysis of language, the remaining sections of the book are devoted to various complex psychological topics, including personality, motivation, social interaction, child development, education, behavior problems, and psychological treatment. The... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 66 Number 4, 1965, p. 375-375
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2599, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 11:43:27 AM

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