By Ms Katherine Cheshire, Professor David Pilgrim
A quick advent to scientific Psychology provides an obtainable assessment of the sector for psychology scholars and an individual contemplating education as a scientific psychologist.
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Stevens published a paper on ‘Psychology and the science of science’ in which he declared: Science seeks to generate confirmable propositions by fitting a formal system of symbols (language, mathematics, logic) to empirical observations: the propositions of science have empirical significance when their truth can be demonstrated by a set of concrete operations. (Stevens, 1939: 222) This statement summarises the intellectual position of a generation of behaviourists. W. Bridgeman (1927) that concepts must be defined operationally rather than in terms of their intrinsic properties.
Qxd 28 3/12/04 7:21 PM Page 28 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY to its activities of diagnosis and management. Second, value judgements pervade the balancing of trade-offs in every clinical decision; but science has no calculus for handling meaning, purpose and choice of actions. (Cox, 1995: 553) Cox concludes that clinical practice is worthy of study in its own right. This approach requires an analysis of how clinicians manage situations in order to achieve optimal results, given that clinical judgements are often made in the absence of reliable empirical predictive data.
Qxd 22 3/12/04 3:55 PM Page 22 A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY of cognitive-analytic therapy (CAT) was a British general practitioner (Ryle, 1990). However, its theoretical roots were in American humanism (George Kelly’s personal construct therapy), continental psychoanalysis and Russian neuropsychology. F. Skinner and the American learning theorists developed the British empiricist principles (and indeed some of the physiological work of Hartley), as did Bechterev and Pavlov in pre-Revolutionary Russia, British clinical psychology has found itself reimporting philosophical premisses shaped elsewhere.
A Short Introduction to Clinical Psychology (Short Introductions to the Therapy Professions) by Ms Katherine Cheshire, Professor David Pilgrim
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