This is not just a silly cartoon post about attunement. Well, ok, yes it is.
But it was partially inspired by a podcast I have recently been listening to called Great Ideas in Psychology which actually covers the history of psychology, philosophy and a number of principles and experiments and the development of psychology as a science. Fascinating stuff.
It’s a great “beginners psychology” podcast, though it has some notable errors. Actually, it really helped me that there are errors because, knowing that I can spot them reassures me that I’m actually learning something in all of this!
By errors, I refer not only the (delightful!) author/reader’s tendency to mix up the people he’s talking about (Socrates becomes Plato at one point.. and the Greek myths became a little jumbled with who did what to whom so that Cupid takes Venus (his mother!) to his bed instead of Psyche.. which is all rather Freudian..) but also the claim that Pavlov, in his “great experiment” with (egads) canine salivation (which accidentally ended up with him becoming the God of Classical Conditionning and winning a Nobel in 1904) used tuning forks rather than bells as popularly claimed. In fact, evidence suggests that (as one of the podcast raters pointed out):
“[Pavlov's] writings record the use of a wide variety of stimuli, including electric shocks, whistles, metronomes, tuning forks, and a range of visual stimuli, in addition to ringing a bell” -wikipedia [Thomas, Roger K. (1994)]
Dog salivation. Nice. And poor old dogs. I’m sure Headley would be singuarly unimpressed.
So, in conclusion, this whole post is actually a demonstration of scientific enquiry to some extent – I hear, I disbelieve, I investigate a number of sources… and I reach a conclusion of my own. (for now!)
Fab podcast – I recommend you subscribe and learn.. and then do your own research.