Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 209–231 | Cite as

A theory of behavior interaction in dyads: A structuralist account

  • Hans Westmeyer
  • Friedhelm Eller
  • Katharina Winkelmann
  • Verena Nell


A theory from the behavioral and social sciences is presented from the structuralist point of view. A more comprehensive theory-net is outlined, some basic terms and core assumptions are formulated, and an expansion of the theory towards two intended applications is given. Finally, some results of a first empirical test of the theory are reported. The aim of the paper is to show that the structuralist account of scientific theories is not confined to mathematical theories from the natural sciences, but can also be applied to relatively informal constructions of the behavioral and social sciences.

Key words

Structuralist view Behavior-theoretic net Social interaction Systematic observation Single-case analysis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Westmeyer
    • 1
  • Friedhelm Eller
  • Katharina Winkelmann
  • Verena Nell
  1. 1.Institut für PsychologieFreie Universität BerlinBerlin 33

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