The shift in thought and methodology that led to the cognitive revolution began with the introspection movement, which influenced the study of behaviorism, and, in turn, led to a completely new way of understanding how to study human behavior.
Introspection is limited by the extent in which it can be studied. Because thoughts can only be understood and experienced by the individual having them, there is no way to accurately assess and study the mental events that are occurring within the mind. In an attempt to keep introspection within the realms of scientific inquiry, Wilhelm Wundt and E.B. Titchener believed that introspectors should be carefully trained to observe, assess, and report on their experiences. This was to be done with as little interpretation as possible. Still, there was no way for even the most meticulously reported experiences to be observed by others. Introspection is a tool that relies on experiencing and focusing on conscious thoughts, so another limitation involves unconscious thoughts. If you’re not aware of the mental event, you can’t look to it for understanding. These were the fundamental flaws with introspection as a science. These limitations guided scientists towards the cognitive revolution because it became clear that understanding mental events is important to understanding behavior, and in order to be useful to science, there needs to be testability. Behaviorism offered scientists the opportunity to gather objective data, which is something
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Introspection has an incredibly large history with the first record of it being used going right back to the great Greek philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle, however this was in a philosophical sense about discovering oneself (Boring, E. G. 1953) which lead to the scientific methodology being born in the laboratory of arguably the father of psychology Wilhelm Wundt who used the method to measure peoples internal thought processes when presented with various stimuli in which the subject would self-perceive their internal thought processes and describe them to the experimenter. An example of this would be to present the subject with an object such as a pencil or odour and to describe it and their stream of consciousness as a result of this. Whereas Edward Titchener expanded this somewhat to break down the stream of consciousness to find its component parts and so as such when having to describe the item they could not say the item as that was to make a stimulus error and did not achieve anything and instead had to describe it in individual parts such as length, colour, shape and other such characteristics of the item however even these were frowned upon with more emphasis being put on the statements such as it is causing feelings of sorrow and tension within my body (Boring, E. G. 1953). However the definition of this process seems to be somewhat fluid
This summer I was a counselor at a social justice camp at Wheaton, during my time there we made sure to set time for introspection so that delegates could explore their own feelings and thoughts, and reflect on what they have learned.
From Chapter 1: What were the intrinsic limitations of introspection and behaviorism, and how did these limitations lead to the “cognitive revolution”?
First of all, Introspection is simply the examination of one’s own mental state. Therefore, he believed that only the person experiencing this consciousness can observe it which means that the person can only report such experience. As a result, Wundt came up with some rules and conditions that he thought will bring forth more accuracy. Observers must be able to determine when the process begins, they must give their undivided attention, the observation must be completed several times and the experimental conditions must vary and be manipulated. Just like Fechner, Wundt wished to measure Quantitative introspection. He wanted to do so because he wanted objective measurements such as reaction times and not inner experiences. This way, he can easily measure consciousness on a physical
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