A General Feedback Theory of Human Behavior: Part II

  title={A General Feedback Theory of Human Behavior: Part II},
  author={William T. Powers and R. K. Clark and Robert L. McFarland},
  journal={Perceptual and Motor Skills},
  pages={309 - 323}
INTRODUCTION The model described in Part I is only a part of our general theory-the part which organizes our more general ideas about human behavior and human nature. To conceive of human organization as following that of our hierarchical array of FBCS (externally fed-back Feedback Control Systems) implies a certain attitude toward behavior, different in some important respects from traditional psychological viewpoints. Some of these differences we began with, but most of them took form only as… 

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