Mind as Scientifi c Construct
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Advocates of the view to be dealt with in this chapter, like the advocates of mind as behavior (and some advocates of most other views too), are concerned with developing psychology into a science. But mind as behavior advocates believe that in order for psychology to become a science, mental concepts must disappear from the scientifi c lexicon. On the contrary, say the exponents of mind as scientifi c construct: Explaining behavior requires reference to cognitions, motives, beliefs, emotions, attitudes, and other such mental concepts: common sense is not wrong about this. Mind as scientifi c construct advocates hold that cognitions, motives, and the like can be treated as theoretical constructs. The role of mental states in determining behavior can then be studied with the methods of science.