The Behavior Analyst

, Volume 11, Issue 2, pp 131–140 | Cite as

The Virtues of Scientific Psychology: A Reply to Harzem

  • Robert W. Proctor
  • Daniel J. Weeks


Harzem recently expressed the opinions that, beginning in the 1960s, the progress of scientific psychology has been deferred and that psychological research has failed to address important social issues. He proposed that progress be resumed by taking up, anew, the experimental analysis of behavior. The present reply provides evidence inconsistent with Harzem’s assertions regarding the state of contemporary, scientific psychology and questions the wisdom ofdisregarding the significant body ofdata and theory that currently are available to pursue the, as yet, unfulfilled promises of the experimental analysis of human behavior.

Key words

scientific psychology behavior analysis cognitive psychology information processing 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert W. Proctor
    • 1
  • Daniel J. Weeks
    • 1
  1. 1.Auburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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