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Explain and assess the mind and body debate in relation to two branches of psychology

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Explain and assess the mind and body debate in relation to two branches of psychology This essay will explain and assess the mind and body debate. The first question I will address is why the debate is important. Then I will explain the Monism position and then the dualist position. I will then conclude and will offer my own theory based on an interacting dualist position. This debate is important because it will tell us what needs to be study either the physiology as in the human brain or the biological side of the debate. Or mental process as in what is inside the brain or the cognitive side of the debate. ...read more.

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The dualist side of the argument says that the mind and brain are separate. There are different types of dualism. The first is known as Descartes dualism. This says that the mind and body function as two separate entities. Cartesian dualism states that there is a constant two way relation between the cognitive and biological substances. Behaviourism argues in stimulus and response is all that occurs in the brain and that there is no such thing as the "mind". Skinner was less radical n his approach and said that there were other forces such as freewill and other mental process. ...read more.

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The humanistic approach would argue in favour of the cognitive side and the information processing approach would too argue in favour of the cognitive side. It states that the cognitive should be studied as it is more important in every day functioning. The humanism approach believes we as humans strive towards goals and therefore it attempts to direct our attention to these goals. In conclusion there are many different theories and approaches towards the mind and body debate. Both gain backing from scientific corners and are still conflicting in today's scientific literature. I myself would argue that in fact both the mind and the body interact and would adopt a interacting dualist position. That both biology and cognitive functions play a role. ...read more.

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