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Describes How Structuralism And Functionalism Influenced Contemporary Psychology

When thinking about structuralism vs. functionalism, psychologists usually think of two of the oldest schools and the argument over how to explain human behavior and examine the mind. This debate first began when psychology was formed as a discipline separate from philosophy.

describes how structuralism and functionalism influenced contemporary psychology

A considerable advantage of functionalism takes into account the dynamic nature of behavior. Unlike structuralism, functionalism recognizes that behavior changes over time and is often adaptive. On top of that, functionalism is more concerned with the real-world applications of psychology.

Structuralism was a philosophy that shaped psychology as a separate subject and affected the development of experimental psychology. On the other hand, functionalism arose as a critique of structuralism.

The major distinction between structuralism vs. functionalism in psychology may be seen in their main focus of study. Structuralism is a branch of psychology that analyzes the human mind and the fundamental units that may be found through introspection. Functionalism, however, claims that studying components of behavior and the adaptation of the human mind to different environments is vital.

Both perspectives remark on the importance of the mind in shaping behavior. Additionally, structuralism and functionalism place emphasis on the role of instincts and drives in human behavior. Finally, both view society as a system made up of interrelated parts.

Meanwhile, functionalism focused on the real-world applications of psychology, and it helped establish the field of behaviorism. Additionally, functionalism inspired many of the scientific methods used in psychology to this day.

Functionalism and structuralism are alike in many ways. Both perspectives emphasize the importance of understanding how the parts of a system work together to produce observed behaviors. Additionally, both approaches focus on patterns and relationships rather than individual elements.Ultimately, both functionalism and structuralism brought major contributions to our understanding of the mind and behavior.

Wilhelm Wundt, the first man to introduce structuralism, changed all of that when he began to study the human mind within a controlled setting, in his laboratory in Germany. Functionalism, first proposed by American philosopher William James, would soon emerge as a response to this approach. Structuralism and functionalism would set the stage for other schools of thought to follow, and also have a major impact on education, mental health treatments, and psychological research methods used today.

The foundations of structuralism in psychology were first established by German physiologist, Wilhelm Wundt (1832-1920). Wundt is often referred to as the "Father of Psychology". He published Principles of Physiological Psychology in 1873, which would later be considered the first psychology textbook. He believed that psychology should be the scientific study of the conscious experience. Wundt sought to quantify the basic components of thought, to understand and identify the structures of conscious thought. This can be compared to how a chemist seeks to understand the basic elements of an object to understand its structure. This approach led to the development of structuralism.

William James, an American philosopher often referred to as the "Father of American Psychology", took the opposite approach to structuralism in understanding the conscious mind. Influenced by Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, James sought to observe how consciousness interacted with its environment as a means of survival. He believed that psychology should focus on the function, or the why of behavior and conscious thought. This is the basis of functionalism as a school of thought.

American philosopher John Dewey was another key player in the establishment of functionalism as a school of thought. Dewey believed that there is intersectionality between philosophy, pedagogy, and psychology, and that they should work together. Dewey agreed with James' view that psychology should focus on how mental processes allow an organism to survive its environment. In 1896, Dewey wrote a paper entitled "The Reflex Arc Concept in Psychology", where he adamantly disagreed with the structuralist approach. In his opinion, structuralism completely disregarded the importance of adaptation.

While reading Spencer's massive volumes can be tedious (long passages explicating the organic analogy, with reference to cells, simple organisms, animals, humans and society), there are some important insights that have quietly influenced many contemporary theorists, including Talcott Parsons, in his early work The Structure of Social Action (1937). Cultural anthropology also consistently uses functionalism.

Talcott Parsons began writing in the 1930s and contributed to sociology, political science, anthropology, and psychology. Structural functionalism and Parsons have received a lot of criticism. Numerous critics have pointed out Parsons' underemphasis of political and monetary struggle, the basics of social change, and the by and large "manipulative" conduct unregulated by qualities and standards. Structural functionalism, and a large portion of Parsons' works, appear to be insufficient in their definitions concerning the connections amongst institutionalized and non-institutionalized conduct, and the procedures by which institutionalization happens.[citation needed]

Structural functionalism reached the peak of its influence in the 1940s and 1950s, and by the 1960s was in rapid decline.[28] By the 1980s, its place was taken in Europe by more conflict-oriented approaches,[29] and more recently by structuralism.[30] While some of the critical approaches also gained popularity in the United States, the mainstream of the discipline has instead shifted to a myriad of empirically oriented middle-range theories with no overarching theoretical orientation. To most sociologists, functionalism is now "as dead as a dodo".[31]

As the influence of functionalism in the 1960s began to wane, the linguistic and cultural turns led to a myriad of new movements in the social sciences: "According to Giddens, the orthodox consensus terminated in the late 1960s and 1970s as the middle ground shared by otherwise competing perspectives gave way and was replaced by a baffling variety of competing perspectives. This third generation of social theory includes phenomenologically inspired approaches, critical theory, ethnomethodology, symbolic interactionism, structuralism, post-structuralism, and theories written in the tradition of hermeneutics and ordinary language philosophy."[32]

Functionalism has the most influence of any theory in contemporary psychology. Psychological functionalism attempts to describe thoughts and what they do without asking how they do it. For functionalists, the mind resembles a computer, and to understand its processes, you need to look at the software, which is what the mind does, without having to understand the hardware that includes the underlying how and why.

Sir Edmund Leach (1910-1989) was very influential in social anthropology. He demonstrated the complex interrelationship of ideal models and political action within a historical context. His most influential ethnographic works were based on fieldwork in Burma, Sarawak and North Borneo (Sabah), and Sri Lanka. Although his initial theoretical approach was functionalist, Leach then shifted to processual analysis. Leach was later influenced by Claude Levi-Strass and adopted a structuralist approach. His 1962 publication Rethinking Anthropology offered a challenge to structural-functionalism (Seymour-Smith 1986:165).

Neofunctionalism is a revision of British structural-functionalism that experienced renewed activity during the 1980s. Some neo-functionalists, influenced by Parsons, analyze phenomena in terms of specific functional requisites. Others, although they place less emphasis on functional requisites and examine a variety of phenomena, also share similarities with functionalism by focusing on issues of social differentiation, integration, and social evolution. Finally, some neo-functionalists examine how cultural processes (including ritual, ideology, and values) integrate social structures. Generally, there is little emphasis on how phenomena meet or fail to meet system needs (Turner and Maryanski 1991).

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