From Method to Madness

The Cloze Procedure in the Study of Psychopathology
  • Kurt Salzinger
  • Stephanie Portnoy
  • Richard S. Feldman
  • Jeanne Patenaude-Lane
Part of the Applied Psycholinguistics and Communication Disorders book series (APCD)


The philosphers of science have it that scientists ponder theories for long periods of time, and then, by the use of the method of deduction, come up with testable hypotheses that they then carefully subject to experimentation in order to vote the theory up or down. But life being what it is, and scientists being human beings first and scientists second, if not third or fourth, theory usually gets dragged in screaming, if at all, only after the scientists have had their fun in the laboratory. Now, presumably, if one searched far and long enough, one would find a scientist who obeyed the laws set down by the philosophers of science, but much more likely, a search for the philosopher’s scientist would turn up those who simply bring the theory to bear after the fact, who keep the theory alive only in the backs of their minds, or who (we hesitate to mention) pay theory no heed at all but have their ideas for experiments come fully formed from their heads, rushing out to collect their data before the opportunity to do so escapes them.


Schizophrenic Patient Verbal Behavior Discriminative Stimulus Speech Sample Communicability Deficit 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kurt Salzinger
    • 1
  • Stephanie Portnoy
    • 2
  • Richard S. Feldman
    • 2
  • Jeanne Patenaude-Lane
    • 2
  1. 1.National Science FoundationUSA
  2. 2.New York State Psychiatric InstituteNew YorkUSA

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