Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Development and Historal Context

Prominent Figures

Jean Piaget- child development and the complex role environment played on cognitive structure (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014).

Noam Chomsky- posits that children are born with physiological structures in the brain that assist in helping them develop language skills (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014).

Gestalt psychology also played an influential role in cognitive psychology's growth.

Cognitive Revolution

George Miller and Jerome Bruner- founded Center for Cognitive Studies at Harvard (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014).

Ulric Neisser- produced second edition of Cognition and Reality (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014).

Alan Turning- developed the idea of artificial intelligence


Hebb's rule- "If neurons are successively or simultaneously active, the strength of the connections among them increases" (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014, p. 601).

Neural Networks- input, hidden, and output (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014)

Back-Propagation Systems- "reinforcement as feedback" (Hergenhahn & Henley, 2014, p. 603)


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