Papers

The Rubber Band Demo

Dag Forssell This script and the accompanying video are designed to introduce and demonstrate the basic concept of PCT. The article Perceptual Control: Management Insight for Problem Solving, in the book: Management and Leadership: Insight […]

Books

People as Living Things. The Psychology of Perceptual Control

“I started reading your book to see whatever you have to say about systems. Then I really got fascinated by your book and read it from start to finish. Very impressive! And a feast of recognition where you say that integrating PCT into your thinking does not come overnight but takes years. Your knowledge of the psychological literature is enormous and the way you linked PCT thinking with that literature (or discussed it against the background of that literature) was very instructive to me.” —Frans X. Plooij, Director, International Research-institute on Infant Studies (IRIS), The Netherlandshen I really got fascinated by your book and read it from start to finish. Very impressive! And a feast of recognition where you say that integrating PCT into your thinking does not come overnight but takes years. Your knowledge of the psychological literature is enormous and the way you linked PCT thinking with that literature (or discussed it against the background of that literature) was very instructive to me.” —Frans X. Plooij, Director, International Research-institute on Infant Studies (IRIS), The Netherlands […]

PCT Websites

Allison Powers

Allison Powers established a Facebook page, WTPowersArchives, about Bill Powers’ personal archives at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Review and indexing of the materials is underway. Archivist: Kevin Leonard. […]

PCT Websites

Bruce Abbott

Professor of psychology at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), collaborated with Bill Powers on Windows programs for Bill’s 2008 book Living Control Systems III. Those programs are held in this repository, together with another of other computer programs that were developed to highlight various aspects of PCT. […]

Books

Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief Approaches to a Science of Life. Word Pictures and Correlations versus Working Models

Throughout this volume, Phil and Bill exchange candid assessments of the players, methods and dominant approaches in psychology and the social sciences, and the difficulties that go with advocating an entirely new framework for doing science. You follow Phil Runkel’s thinking as he comes to grips with PCT thanks to Bill Powers’s patient tutoring, understands it and its significance, and develops his subsequent books: Casting Nets and Testing Specimens, and People as Living Things. […]

Books

PCT: A Book of Readings. An Overview of the Third Grand Theory in Psychology Introductions, Readings, and Resources 

An Overview of the Third Grand Theory in Psychology. Introductions, Readings, and Resources.
The May 2016 edition is now a 424-page book that includes 34 papers with selections from 26 books. Subjects include psychotherapy, management, emotions, baby brain development, computer simulations and tutorials, scientific revolutions, dogma in psychology, scientific method, reverse engineering, robots, cybernetics, and more. […]

PCT Websites

williamtuke.org

The William Tuke Research Foundation was founded in 2020 by Dr. Anamaria Churchman and Danny Whittaker, inspired by a mutual interest in the interplay of mental health and social hardship, and the shared desire to create a credible research organization that marries together novel, innovative mental health research with ambitious, grassroots community projects. […]