Experimental Foundations of Clinical Psychology

Experimental Foundations of Clinical Psychology

Experimental Foundations of Clinical Psychology

Experimental Foundations of Clinical Psychology

Synopsis

A scathing indictment of the growing role of junk science in our courtrooms. Peter W. Huber shows how time and again lawyers have used--and the courts have accepted--spurious claims by so-called expert

Excerpt

In 1958, the first University of Virginia Behavioral Science Symposium was held. The title of the symposium was "Experimental Foundations of Clinical Psychology," and among the speakers were a number of the contributors to the present volume, although their chapters are not the same as their original speeches. The relationship between the original symposium and the current volume bearing the same title is like Aristotle's jack-knife—a new blade and a new handle, but the same name. It also has the same goal as the symposium, that of acquainting experimentalists and clinicians alike with the mutuality of research with clinical problems and experimental methods. From the nucleus of the discussions held at the meetings there emerged an idea for an expanded and more comprehensive coverage of the experimental foundations of clinical psychology, eventuating in this volume.

Throughout the preparation and editing of the book there have been several people who have been of great help. Among these are my wife, Susan, whose ideas, interest, and encouragement were always a fine support. Two of the contributors, my friends, Irwin Berg and Murray Sidman, were also very generous with their suggestions with regard to material and plans for the book, in addition to the hard work they put in on their own chapters.

A.J.B.

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