Conditioning Behavior and Psychiatry

Conditioning Behavior and Psychiatry

by Thomas A. Ban, W. Horsley Gantt


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Conditioning is one of the core methods of psychiatry. It is a behavioral method, with a stimulus-response constellation. The stimulus itself can be measured, changed, and combined, and the responses can be measured qualitatively and quantitatively. Conditioning uses the conditional reflex phenomenon. During the conditioning procedure, responses to certain stimuli are acquired where no responses existed previously. Over time behavioral conditioning expanded to include neurophysiological aspects and has been correlated with psychic manifestations. This comprehensive work deals with the conditioning method, covering fully its behavioral, neurophysiological, and psychiatric aspects.The volume is divided into five parts. Part I summarizes present-day knowledge on the neurophysiology of conditioning. Part II sets out the historical sequence in the correlation between psychopathology and pathological brain functions. Part III describes the best-known conditioning techniques applied in human testing, particularly those which are applicable for diagnostic purposes, is discussed. Part IV is concerned with clinical applications of the method and discusses the findings and the implications that it has for psychopathology and therapy or, in general, for psychiatry. Part V contains a critical evaluation of the matter presented, followed by a bibliography and index."Conditioning Behavior and Psychiatry" describes the development of conditioning procedures since the concept was first introduced. It is primarily concerned with the analysis of elementary and complex behavioral observations, of neurophysiological and neuropathological discoveries as seen from the standpoint of psychiatric disorders. The psychiatric view presented is, not purely the Pavlovian, but a modern approach to psychiatry stemming from a Pavlovian orientation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780202362359
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Publication date: 03/31/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Thomas A. Ban is professor emeritus of psychiatry at Vanderbilt University. His research has dealt with schizophrenia and psychophamacology. He is the author of Depression and the Tricyclic Andidepressants, Assessment of Depression and Psychopharmacology among others.

W. Horsley Gantt was founder of the Pavlovian Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He wrote numerous articles and books and is credited with translating several of Ivan Pavlov's works into English and introduced theories of the higher nervous system into British and American psychiatry.

Table of Contents

From Overt Behavior to Neurophysiology     1
Introduction and Historical Background     3
Behavioral Observations     12
Pavlov's Brain Model and Concepts     30
The Neurophysiological Basis of Conditioning     39
Pavlovian Psychiatry     49
Pavlovian General Psychopathology     51
Pavlovian Clinical Psychopathology     62
From Animal Experiments to Human Test Procedures     93
Conditioning Techniques     95
Diagnostic Test Procedures     112
Conditioning in Psychiatry     123
General and Clinical Psychopathology     125
Treatment in Psychiatry     141
Critical Evaluation     157
Critical Evaluation     159
Bibliography     169
List of Journals     222
Index of Names     227
Subject Index     236

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