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LING 1200 Lecture 2: Lecture 2

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LING 1200
Erin L.Wilkinson

3. The method is too subjective to produce agreement on the elements of sensory experience - Too many people doing experiment - Disagreed on what the important elements were (different training) - Could not replicate the same results in same experiment The Functionalist Approach: − People challenged the structural approach − William James (1842-1910) − Goals: - Notice/create understanding on the types of abilities people have in what function those abilities serve - How people behave and think and then figure out what purpose those behaviours and thought processes serve − What people can do, what psychological mechanisms people have and why people need them to function properly in the world − Studied the purpose of memory, emotion, religious experience − Legacy: - The purpose of behaviours and mental processes continues to be emphasized in modern psychological research - People weren’t comfortable with functional approach (never provided strategies for conducting psychological experiments) - Like philosophical approach- great ideas about mind and behaviour, bu
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