Current Trends in Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences

Current Trends in Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences

Current Trends in Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences

Current Trends in Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences

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It is my pleasure to introduce the participants in the eighth Annual Conference on Current Trends in Psychology. The topic which was chosen this year concerns the relationships between psychology and some of the other behavioral sciences.

Specialized fields of scientific endeavor are continually growing and invading each other's territory. Work is being duplicated and some of the most important ideas receive different names from each group. These boundary regions of science, however, offer great rewards to the trained investigator. As Wiener remarked in the introduction to "Cybernetics," if a physiologist who knows no mathematics works together with a mathematician who knows no physiology, the one will not be able to state his problem in terms the other can utilize, and the second will be unable to put the answers in any form the first can understand.

Some of the problems encountered in areas where fields of science overlap can be illustrated by taking concepts currently receiving attention and showing the contributions which have been made from different directions.

The word "stress" has been widely used and appears to have been all things to all investigators. Research workers from many different areas have joined in the . . .

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