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The Use of Models in Experimental Psychology

  • Richard C. Atkinson
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Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 3)

Abstract

In this paper I shall not be concerned with a formal analysis of the function of models in psychology. The problem has been considered on many occasions by both psychologists and philosophers, and I am not inclined to add to the voluminous literature in this area. Instead, I shall describe a fairly simple model of behavior and illustrate the method of application to a complex problem in decision making. By examination of this particular case we will be able to indicate the role of mathematical models in determining programs of psychological research and specifying the types of empirical observations to be made.

Keywords

Experimental Psychology Voluminous Literature Sequential Prediction Response Pair Reinforcement Parameter 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, The Netherlands 1961

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard C. Atkinson
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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