Impact of Structuralism

| May 28, 2015

Assignment: Impact of Structuralism

This week you read and learned about Titchener’s structuralism. As an approach, structuralism attempted to break down consciousness into elements of consciousness for study. It assumed that studying these parts of consciousness would lead to an understanding of the whole.

  • Analyze the limitations and strengths of the method of studying consciousness in parts.
  • Identify and discuss one of the main criticisms of structuralism.
  • Briefly compare and contrast structuralism and behavioralism. How did structuralism influence the creation of behaviorism?
  • How has structuralism impacted psychology today? As you consider this question, keep in mind the history and culture of the period in which Titchener practiced compared to your understanding of psychology today.

Write an essay that is 3-5 pages in length. Remember to support your arguments with information drawn from the online content, the textbook, and other credible, scholarly sources to substantiate the points you are making.  Apply APA standards for writing and citations to your work.

**Hint: a useful article for comparing and contrasting structuralism with behavioralism is found in the AUO library and referenced in your textbook:

Rilling, M. (2000). How the challenge of explaining learning influenced the origins and development of John B. Watson’s behaviors. The American Journal of Psychology, 113 (2), 275-301. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.libproxy.edmc.edu/docview/224842367/fulltext/12E26E325F56462A087/8?accountid=34899

The paper should be double-spaced 12-point typescript, Times Roman font, with 1-inch margins all around, and free from grammatical errors. Your paper needs to include a cover page, abstract, and reference list in APA format.

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