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Free will vs. determinism


What do we mean by determinism?

Behaviour is the result of forces over which one has no control

Internal causes ­ hunger, thirst, genes
External causes ­ learning experiences, stimuli in the environment

The approach is comparable with the scientific method, assuming that behaviour is predictable…

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E.g. cognitive approach

The use of selective attention (choose what you pay attention to) and language (choose
what you say out loud)



Arguments for determinism

It allows for a scientific approach to the study of behaviour (however, psychodynamic is
deterministic, but not scientific)
The idea seems to make sense and…

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