Fifteen introductory psychology textbooks are examined to determine the accuracy and completeness of their treatment of B. F. Skinner's approach to human activities commonly referred to as cognitive processes. Six of the textbooks ignore Skinner's contribution to the study of cognitive variables altogether, four deny that Skinner had anything to say about such processes and five textbooks acknowledge elements of Skinner's viewpoint, though the acknowledgments are incomplete and suffer from inaccuracies. Discussion encourages textbook writers and publishers to present a more accurate and complete picture of the discipline of psychology for the introductory student.
Jensen, Robert and Burgess, Helene
"Mythmaking: How Introductory Psychology Texts Present B. F. Skinner's Analysis of Cognition,"
The Psychological Record: Vol. 47
, Article 3.
Available at: http://opensiuc.lib.siu.edu/tpr/vol47/iss2/3