psych 421- notes #16 - Thorndikes contributions:He worked...

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Thorndike’s contributions:- - He worked on other areas: mental measurements - He looked at quality life in different American cities. - He worked on education/ what should be taught in schools - Practical knowledge is more important than anything else - Word usage/. He was fascinated with words; came up with Thorndike dictionary. - He said one rule in a dictionary definition of word should be simpler than the word itself. - He once looked up word “bear” in children dictionary; found: carnivores. Thorndike in perspective:- - Ushers in era of behaviorism - Greatest learning theorist of all times - Os he behaviorist or is he a functionalist? : he’s considered more of a functionalist for 2 reasons: je never abandoned the concept of animal mind- he talked about mind set of animals- beginning of behaviorists abandoned it. Learning experiencing he did it with cats early of beginning of his career- his later experiments are in functionalist tradition- he asked what should kids be taught in schools and what should cities look like. Ivan Petrovitan Pavlov ( 1849-1936):-
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This note was uploaded on 02/18/2011 for the course PSY 421 taught by Professor Quinton during the Fall '11 term at State University of New York.

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psych 421- notes #16 - Thorndikes contributions:He worked...

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