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Why the cognitive approach in psychology would profit from a functional approach and vice versa

Jan De Houwer UGent (2011) PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE. 6(2). p.202-209
abstract
Cognitively oriented psychologists often define behavioral effects in terms of mental constructs (e.g., classical conditioning as a change in behavior that is due to the formation of associations in memory) and thus effectively treat those effects as proxies for mental constructs. This practice can, however, hamper scientific progress. I argue that if psychologists would consistently define behavioral effects only in terms of the causal impact of elements in the environment (e.g., classical conditioning as a change in behavior that is due to the pairing of stimuli), they would adopt a functional approach that not only reveals the environmental causes of behavior but also optimizes cognitive research. The cognitive approach in turn strengthens the functional approach by facilitating the discovery of new causal relations between the environment and behavior. I thus propose a functional-cognitive framework for research in psychology that capitalizes on the mutually supportive nature of the functional and cognitive approaches in psychology.
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published
subject
keyword
MECHANISMS, classical conditioning, negative priming, functional approach, mental construct, BEHAVIOR
journal title
PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Perspect. Psychol. Sci.
volume
6
issue
2
pages
202 - 209
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000289169000012
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY
JCR impact factor
4.89 (2011)
JCR rank
5/123 (2011)
JCR quartile
1 (2011)
ISSN
1745-6916
DOI
10.1177/1745691611400238
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
1226609
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1226609
date created
2011-05-18 16:23:47
date last changed
2016-12-19 15:42:50
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  abstract     = {Cognitively oriented psychologists often define behavioral effects in terms of mental constructs (e.g., classical conditioning as a change in behavior that is due to the formation of associations in memory) and thus effectively treat those effects as proxies for mental constructs. This practice can, however, hamper scientific progress. I argue that if psychologists would consistently define behavioral effects only in terms of the causal impact of elements in the environment (e.g., classical conditioning as a change in behavior that is due to the pairing of stimuli), they would adopt a functional approach that not only reveals the environmental causes of behavior but also optimizes cognitive research. The cognitive approach in turn strengthens the functional approach by facilitating the discovery of new causal relations between the environment and behavior. I thus propose a functional-cognitive framework for research in psychology that capitalizes on the mutually supportive nature of the functional and cognitive approaches in psychology.},
  author       = {De Houwer, Jan},
  issn         = {1745-6916},
  journal      = {PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE},
  keyword      = {MECHANISMS,classical conditioning,negative priming,functional approach,mental construct,BEHAVIOR},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {202--209},
  title        = {Why the cognitive approach in psychology would profit from a functional approach and vice versa},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1745691611400238},
  volume       = {6},
  year         = {2011},
}

Chicago
De Houwer, Jan. 2011. “Why the Cognitive Approach in Psychology Would Profit from a Functional Approach and Vice Versa.” Perspectives on Psychological Science 6 (2): 202–209.
APA
De Houwer, J. (2011). Why the cognitive approach in psychology would profit from a functional approach and vice versa. PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE, 6(2), 202–209.
Vancouver
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De Houwer J. Why the cognitive approach in psychology would profit from a functional approach and vice versa. PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE. 2011;6(2):202–9.
MLA
De Houwer, Jan. “Why the Cognitive Approach in Psychology Would Profit from a Functional Approach and Vice Versa.” PERSPECTIVES ON PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE 6.2 (2011): 202–209. Print.