Research Methods in Psychopathology

  • F. Dudley McGlynn


Psychology began as a taxonomy of experience: as a classification system for mental events such as sensations, images, and feelings. When mental taxonomy failed, it was replaced by alternative schema for organizing the new science (i.e., the classical psychological “schools” of functionalism, behaviorism, Gestalt psychology, and psychoanalysis). When none of the classical schools was able to win the day, psychology became fragmented into clusters of specialized methods and narrow research problems (e.g., general and special theories about learning, perception, and emotion). As a consequence, general psychology incorporates an astonishingly diverse array of research methods and problems (Staats, 1991).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. Dudley McGlynn
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyAuburn UniversityAuburnUSA

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