Computer Applications in the Behavioral Sciences

Computer Applications in the Behavioral Sciences

Computer Applications in the Behavioral Sciences

Computer Applications in the Behavioral Sciences

Excerpt

Computers have now attained widespread use in business, industry, government, and university research centers. Many books have been written on the engineering and design aspects of computers. Other books have concerned themselves with mathematical and programing problems, and still others have dealt with business applications. Few books have been written for the researcher who is not a specialist in computers, and fewer still discuss computer applications of interest to the behavioral scientist. Yet, the social scientist is vitally concerned with the expanding computer technology, both in its effects on society and on his own research interests. This volume, it is hoped, will partially fill the void by providing the reader with information on the computer and its applications for research.

The book is organized into three parts. It begins with a general discussion of the role of computers in the behavioral sciences, which is followed by an examination of the nature of mechanical thought. Next, a brief history of automatic data processing is presented so that current developments can be viewed in their proper perspective. The concluding chapter in this first part deals with computer principles and applications.

Part II presents a somewhat detailed description of the organization of a computer numbering system, machine language, and an introduction to programing concepts.

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