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Assignment 2: LASA 1: Impact of Structuralism

This week you read and learned about Titchener’s structuralism. As an approach, structuralism attempted to break down consciousness into elements of consciousness for study. It assumed that studying these parts of consciousness would lead to an understanding of the whole.

  • Analyze the limitations and strengths of the method of studying consciousness in parts.
  • Identify and discuss one of the main criticisms of structuralism.
  • Briefly compare and contrast structuralism and behavioralism. How did structuralism influence the creation of behaviorism?
  • How has structuralism impacted psychology today? As you consider this question, keep in mind the history and culture of the period in which Titchener practiced compared to your understanding of psychology today.

Write an essay that is 3 pages in length. Remember to support your arguments with information drawn from the online content, the textbook, and other credible, scholarly sources to substantiate the points you are making.  Apply APA standards for writing and citations to your work.

**Hint: a useful article for comparing and contrasting structuralism with behavioralism is found in the AUO library and referenced in your textbook:
Rilling, M. (2000). How the challenge of explaining learning influenced the origins and development of John B. Watson’s behaviors. The American Journal of Psychology, 113 (2), 275-301. Retrieved fromhttp://search.proquest.com.libproxy.edmc.edu/docview/224842367/fulltext/12E26E325F56462A087/8?accountid=34899

The paper should be double-spaced 12-point typescript, Times Roman font, with 1-inch margins all around, and free from grammatical errors. Your paper needs to include a cover page, abstract, and reference list in APA format.

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Part 2

Gestalt psychology made many important contributions to the history of psychology. Today, very few courses cover Gestalt psychology as most of its thoughts are being integrated into other theories. However, Gestalt psychology has greatly impacted the understanding of perceptions and holistic approaches to psychology.  Gestalt psychology can also be applied to other realms besides visual understanding. For example, your previous knowledge may influence the way you interpret new information or your worldview impacts how you see and understand the world.

How does your belief system and worldview impact the way you see the world and your understanding of psychology?

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