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Understanding and Changing the Things You Do

“Wow.  I am impressed with this book!  It is comprehensive, neatly structured, and provides a great scientific context for introducing Perceptual Control Theory to the layperson.  The explanation builds up gradually over the chapters.  Fantastic.” – Warren Mansell, DPhil, DClinPsy, CPsychol […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]