The following articles about PCT are available in full on the web. Just
click a link to read the article.
Please note that several introductory
articles have been selected for our demos and explanations page; they are
not duplicated here.
Articles about the CSG itself (annual meeting, board elections,
etc.) will be in our CSG News section.
Best of CSGNet -- about 100 articles of interest from the early years of our e-mail list.
- Why I Stopped
Reading Verbal Behavior (and Continue to Study Perceptual Control
Theory) by Chris Cherpas (1998)
A discussion of the relationship between PCT and behaviors.
Collective Control of Perceptions: Constructing Order From
Conflict by Kent McClelland
Simulations of conflict and discussion of the social implications
of PCT. With illustrations.
Control and Social Power by Kent McClelland (1994)
The author challenges "...the implications of control theory for our understanding of interpersonal control and social power."
- The Biological
Basis of Human Rights by Hugh Gibbons and Nicholas Skinner (2000,
Adobe Acrobat file/PDF)
Discussion of the human rights and the law in the context of PCT model of human nature.
Adobe Acrobat format; click here for the free Acrobat reader software if you don't have it already.
- An alternative view of individual and society: Some
implications for sociology by Charles W. Tucker (1992, April)
Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society, Kansas City.
(on the Univ. of South Carolina web site)
- The Evolution of the Control Paradigm by Dag Forssell
From an engineer's 1927 analysis to a 1943 paper to Powers' work
in the 1950's: what led up to PCT
- The Nature of HPCT by Dag Forssell (1994)
PCT offers a clear explanation for the pervasive phenomenon of
simple control. HPCT outlines a hierarchical arrangement as the likely
organization of multiple control systems in humans.
- About PCT by Mary Powers (1992)
abstract: What barriers exist to greater adoption of PCT?
Additional Writings by Bill Powers
- An Essay
on the Obvious by William Powers (1991)
"...attempts to apply abstract physical principles and advanced
mathematical trickery to human behavior are aimed at solving a
- Things I'd Like To Say If They
Wouldn't Think I'm A Nut / Or, Overgeneralizations that aren't that
far over by William Powers (1989)
Is control theory the new faith? Not as long as you can forget
everything you've memorized and reason it out for yourself.
- An Introduction to Perceptual Control Theory (Standing at the Crossroads), by William Powers (1990)
- PCT in the context of the times. Mentions PCT in biochemistry, modeling motor behaviors, and artificial intelligence.