CONTRIBUTION OF THE DESCARTES, LOCKE, AND LEIBNIZ IN PSYCHOLOGY

  1. Although Gall’s phrenology appears somewhat ridiculous to us now, in what ways might his work be considered scientific by the standards of his own time?  ( John van Wyhe created an informative and well illustrated resource “History of Phrenology on the Web” ) For a fascinating  Do you see a relationship between his theory and face reading ( physiognomy ) and palmistry?
  2. Choose several pioneers from this chapter and describe their views in the localizations-of-function debate, and well as the research they have to support their position.
  3. Wilder Pennfield came to regard “brain” and “mind” as two independent though interacting entities, each with its own separate level of explanation. This suggests that a thorough explanation of the brain might not be the same as a complete understanding of the mind. Does this sound similar to the ideas of pioneers in Chapter 1 and 2? Do you agree or disagree with Pennfield? Why?
  4. The pioneers in this chapter used many different techniques, methods (including technology), and kinds of subjects for studying brain function. Describe 3 or 4 of them. Which are still used today? Which have been added?

 

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