Monistic Transitionism

  • Benjamin B. Wolman


The difference between psychology and physiology, as J. B. Watson saw it, was that physiology studied separate physiological functions, whereas psychology dealt with the functions of the organism as a whole: “The findings of psychology become the functional correlates of structure and lend themselves to explanation in physico-chemical terms” (Watson, 1913, p. 166). V. M. Bekhterev (1913, p. 156) believed that consciousness is a state of physical energy related to central inhibition and resistance in cortical processes. D. O. Hebb (1949) wrote about “the kind of activity throughout the cerebrum which we call consciousness” (p. 129). He also believed that “interest or motivation” can be “provisionally translated into the stability and persistence of the phase sequence” in nerve cells (p. 233).


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