Behavior and Awareness: A Symposium of Research and Interpretation

Behavior and Awareness: A Symposium of Research and Interpretation

Behavior and Awareness: A Symposium of Research and Interpretation

Behavior and Awareness: A Symposium of Research and Interpretation

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The issue addressed by the papers of the present symposium is one which has recently become of central concern to investigators in the personality area. Stimulated in part by the desire to find a simple analogue for the therapeutic interaction, and in part by a natural fascination with unconscious processes, many researchers have exploited the operant conditioning paradigm to induce experimental changes in verbal response. As this research has begun to proliferate, and to claim the attention of personality psychologists, it has become more and more pertinent to lay bare the nature of the basic processes involved. It unquestionably is a matter of some consequence, for example, whether social reinforcements, appropriately delivered, can strengthen or shift a subject's response dispositions without that subject's being aware of the contingencies involved.

The authors of the following papers attack this pesky problem with discernment and pursue many of its ramifications. Each is firmly committed to an empirical strategy for achieving progressive clarification, and the experimental tactics embraced by these respective strategies are ingenious and quite evidently fruitful. Those who are preparing to read this symposium should set themselves for a rich repast of evidence and ideas. Though overlapping and mutually supportive evidence brings striking agreement with respect to certain conclusions, there is also ample controversy and honest contention. Certainly, no pat solutions to problems of method or theory are to be found here, but many of the solution pathways (as well as the blind alleys) are clearly marked. I am sure that all the contributors to the symposium share my hope and conviction that the following contributions will open the area of "behavior and awareness" to more, and more enlightened, research efforts, and that the difficulties noted will be accepted as a challenge to further inquiry rather than a stimulus for avoidance.

The present symposium was originally organized and planned . . .

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