Changes in Modern Psychology

A Citation Analysis of the Kuhnian Displacement Thesis

Patrick C. Friman, Keith D Allen, Mary Louise E Kerwin, Robert Larzelere

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

36 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Many psychologists believe a Kuhnian revolution-a competitive event between incommensurate paradigms in which a winner displaces losers after chaotic upheaval-has occurred in psychology. Cognitive psychology is said to be displacing behavioral psychology and psychoanalysis, but few published data support this thesis. Social science citation records from the leading journals in cognitive psychology, behavioral psychology, and psychoanalysis between 1979 and 1988 were analyzed. Results show an increasing trend for cognitive psychology but also high citation rates with no downward trends for behavioral psychology. Citation rates for psychoanalysis are not as high, but indications of decline are marginal. These findings do not support the Kuhnian displacement thesis on changes in modern psychology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)658-664
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Psychologist
Volume48
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

Fingerprint

Psychology
Psychoanalysis
Social Sciences

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

Cite this

Changes in Modern Psychology : A Citation Analysis of the Kuhnian Displacement Thesis. / Friman, Patrick C.; Allen, Keith D; Kerwin, Mary Louise E; Larzelere, Robert.

In: American Psychologist, Vol. 48, No. 6, 01.01.1993, p. 658-664.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Friman, Patrick C. ; Allen, Keith D ; Kerwin, Mary Louise E ; Larzelere, Robert. / Changes in Modern Psychology : A Citation Analysis of the Kuhnian Displacement Thesis. In: American Psychologist. 1993 ; Vol. 48, No. 6. pp. 658-664.
@article{145f2567b5a346f88c492d1d8dbf073d,
title = "Changes in Modern Psychology: A Citation Analysis of the Kuhnian Displacement Thesis",
abstract = "Many psychologists believe a Kuhnian revolution-a competitive event between incommensurate paradigms in which a winner displaces losers after chaotic upheaval-has occurred in psychology. Cognitive psychology is said to be displacing behavioral psychology and psychoanalysis, but few published data support this thesis. Social science citation records from the leading journals in cognitive psychology, behavioral psychology, and psychoanalysis between 1979 and 1988 were analyzed. Results show an increasing trend for cognitive psychology but also high citation rates with no downward trends for behavioral psychology. Citation rates for psychoanalysis are not as high, but indications of decline are marginal. These findings do not support the Kuhnian displacement thesis on changes in modern psychology.",
author = "Friman, {Patrick C.} and Allen, {Keith D} and Kerwin, {Mary Louise E} and Robert Larzelere",
year = "1993",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1037/0003-066X.48.6.658",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "48",
pages = "658--664",
journal = "American Psychologist",
issn = "0003-066X",
publisher = "American Psychological Association Inc.",
number = "6",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Changes in Modern Psychology

T2 - A Citation Analysis of the Kuhnian Displacement Thesis

AU - Friman, Patrick C.

AU - Allen, Keith D

AU - Kerwin, Mary Louise E

AU - Larzelere, Robert

PY - 1993/1/1

Y1 - 1993/1/1

N2 - Many psychologists believe a Kuhnian revolution-a competitive event between incommensurate paradigms in which a winner displaces losers after chaotic upheaval-has occurred in psychology. Cognitive psychology is said to be displacing behavioral psychology and psychoanalysis, but few published data support this thesis. Social science citation records from the leading journals in cognitive psychology, behavioral psychology, and psychoanalysis between 1979 and 1988 were analyzed. Results show an increasing trend for cognitive psychology but also high citation rates with no downward trends for behavioral psychology. Citation rates for psychoanalysis are not as high, but indications of decline are marginal. These findings do not support the Kuhnian displacement thesis on changes in modern psychology.

AB - Many psychologists believe a Kuhnian revolution-a competitive event between incommensurate paradigms in which a winner displaces losers after chaotic upheaval-has occurred in psychology. Cognitive psychology is said to be displacing behavioral psychology and psychoanalysis, but few published data support this thesis. Social science citation records from the leading journals in cognitive psychology, behavioral psychology, and psychoanalysis between 1979 and 1988 were analyzed. Results show an increasing trend for cognitive psychology but also high citation rates with no downward trends for behavioral psychology. Citation rates for psychoanalysis are not as high, but indications of decline are marginal. These findings do not support the Kuhnian displacement thesis on changes in modern psychology.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0010953137&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=0010953137&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1037/0003-066X.48.6.658

DO - 10.1037/0003-066X.48.6.658

M3 - Article

VL - 48

SP - 658

EP - 664

JO - American Psychologist

JF - American Psychologist

SN - 0003-066X

IS - 6

ER -