Reference : Some conceptual problems with the classical theory of behaviour
Scientific journals : Article
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Neurosciences & behavior
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Animal psychology, ethology & psychobiology
Life sciences : Zoology
Some conceptual problems with the classical theory of behaviour
Anselme, Patrick mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences cognitives > Neuroscience comportementale et psychopharmacologie expér. >]
Behavioural Processes
Elsevier Science Bv
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[en] anticipation ; attention ; behaviour ; inhibition ; interference ; motivation
[en] Behaviour is usually assumed to depend on the reach of a critical intensity-termed reactivity threshold-by its motivation. This view represents a simple, predictive theoretical framework in ethology and animal psychology. However, it is here argued that only the influence of an isolated motivation on behaviour can be explained that way; that such a view fails to account for behaviour when several motivations are jointly activated. Upon analysis, the classical theory of behaviour (CTB) proves to be under-specified and thus leads to three conceptual problems that make it logically inconsistent for the study of multiple motivations. A revision of the CTB, called anticipatory dynamics model (ADM), is then developed in order to bring a theoretical solution to these conceptual problems. The ADM hypothesizes that an organism's motivational interactions are due to the limitation of the organism's attentional resources. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
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