Mechanisms and Psychological Explanation

@inproceedings{Wright2005MechanismsAP,
  title={Mechanisms and Psychological Explanation},
  author={Cory Wright and William Bechtel},
  year={2005}
}
What is it to explain a psychological phenomenon (e.g., a person remembering a name, navigating through campus, understanding humor)? In philosophy, a traditional answer is that to explain a phenomenon is to show it to be the expected result of prior circumstances given a scientific law. Influenced by this perspective, behaviorists directed psychology toward the search for the laws of learning that explained all behavior as the consequence of particular conditioning regimens. Although… CONTINUE READING