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Uncertainty and Structure as Psychological Concepts


reviewed by Ernest R. Hilgard - 1963

coverTitle: Uncertainty and Structure as Psychological Concepts
Author(s): W. R. Garner
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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When Shannon in 1948 published his mathematical theory of communication, he opened up an approach to psychology that has by now led to a substantial literature. Professor Garner was one of the first to see the relevance of information theory to psychology, without being thrown off balance by it, and this book is the result of his thoughtful attention to the problem since, both in the laboratory and in the study. The blossoming of the field of inquiry is reflected in the bibliography of some 250 references, chiefly in the psychological literature, two-thirds of which have appeared since 1955. In writing on information theory (a phrase that Garner rejects in favor of uncertainty, which is what information theory measures), an author has the choice between becoming elaborately mathematical* or being more concerned with empirical content. Garner has chosen the latter alternative, although the reader without some familiarity with mathematics must do... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 64 Number 6, 1963, p. 521-521
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 2946, Date Accessed: 7/16/2019 3:14:53 PM

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